Stadia-specific catch all

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You know, I'm too old to waste time trying to figure out obscure things that don't need to be obscure... I'll probably pass on that one...

Hitman gave me a similar experience... but I feel like it's just me being too ambitious...

Google is trying to tempt me into the Stadia trial with a free weekend of The Crew 2.
Bad choice of weekends, Google.

There's not any way to, like, claim the Pro games in bulk, is there?

One at a time

Some nifty stuff on this week's Stadia community update.

An awkward way forward on iOS has appeared.

This “solution” makes no sense whatsoever. Every game must have a functional downloadable component? This reads like it was formulated by someone who has no clue how streaming services work.

BTW, you can play Stadia games right now on iPad using Chrome Remote Desktop.

Apple now says that game streaming services, such as Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud, are explicitly permitted. But there are conditions: Games offered in the service need to be downloaded directly from the App Store, not from an all-in-one app. App makers are permitted to release a so-called "catalog app" that links to other games in the service, but each game will need to be an individual app.

Apple's rules mean that if a streaming game service has 100 games, then each of those games will need an individual App Store listing as well as a developer relationship with Apple. The individual games also have to have some basic functionality when they're downloaded. All the games and the stores need to offer in-app purchase using Apple's payment processing system, under which Apple usually takes 30% of revenue.

What a f*cking joke. Apple really wants that antitrust case, don't they?

BadKen wrote:

This “solution” makes no sense whatsoever. Every game must have a functional downloadable component? This reads like it was formulated by someone who has no clue how streaming services work.

I look forward to Apple yet again being presented with Netflix as a counterpoint and being asked why every movie doesn't need to have a separate launcher and an individual developer relationship.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Apple now says that game streaming services, such as Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud, are explicitly permitted. But there are conditions: Games offered in the service need to be downloaded directly from the App Store, not from an all-in-one app. App makers are permitted to release a so-called "catalog app" that links to other games in the service, but each game will need to be an individual app.

Apple's rules mean that if a streaming game service has 100 games, then each of those games will need an individual App Store listing as well as a developer relationship with Apple. The individual games also have to have some basic functionality when they're downloaded. All the games and the stores need to offer in-app purchase using Apple's payment processing system, under which Apple usually takes 30% of revenue.

What a f*cking joke. Apple really wants that antitrust case, don't they?

I know, I'm actually cheering for Epic on that one, and I've never been a big fan of them, Fortnite or micro-transactions.

Started following this guy lately for Stadia news tidbits... His intro is a little much, but his info is always good.

Is a Chromecast Ultra the only option for Stadia on a TV without hooking up a PC? It's not integrated into other streaming devices or anything like that?

Not officially, no.

There is a rumor a new device is coming out the 30th... but it's still a google one if that's the issue.

No specific issue. Just wondering what the situation was. I don't have a Chromecast of any stripe and don't use Google's video services at all, so anything I bought would be specifically for Stadia. I find that I'm enjoying it more than I expected, but I'm not sure I want to drop the $100 for a Stadia controller + Chromecast Ultra that they're asking for.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

No specific issue. Just wondering what the situation was. I don't have a Chromecast of any stripe and don't use Google's video services at all, so anything I bought would be specifically for Stadia. I find that I'm enjoying it more than I expected, but I'm not sure I want to drop the $100 for a Stadia controller + Chromecast Ultra that they're asking for.

I like the controller, but I'm a M&K player... will probably always be one... If you're playing on PC I don't see why you would buy the hardware.

Oh wow there's a Stadia thread!

I'm pretty high on Stadia as you may have heard. Playing PGA 2k21 and NBA 2k21 on it with good results. Using a PC and my PS4 controller.

Am subscribed to Pro for the time being but might drop out as time and money dictates.

Glad to see some familiar faces here! If you want another Stadia friend please add me I'm gamerparent#6003, I'll try and go through tomorrow to add you too.

EDIT: I saw Manta's friend request. I searched for and added some of you, hope that you used the same name on Stadia as here!

How often do games get added to Stadia Pro? And how often do they leave?

For the past few months it's been one or two games every week. Most are free for three months, but some have gone longer, and some have been only one month deals. Of course once you claim one, it's yours as long as you subscribe. And once a game is no longer free for subscribers, you can still buy it, often with a significant subscriber discount.

(No game is ever really gone?)

Someone on Reddit made a chart.

I know nothing about these games, but Stadia is filling out their indie (some exclusives) catalog.

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