As frustration grows, Google promises to share more about new Stadia games and features “soon”

Laurent Giret

We went hands on with both Project xCloud and Google Stadia, here are our first impressions
As many developers are currently busy porting their games to the Nintendo Switch, it’s easy to forget about Stadia, Google’s new cloud gaming service that seems to be struggling to get any significant traction. Worse, Stadia early adopters are becoming frustrated by Stadia’s still barebones features and Google’s lack of communication, especially after the company announced 120 new upcoming Stadia games a couple of weeks ago.
Earlier this week, a Reddit thread pointing out the lack of any new Stadia game announcement since 40 days gained a lot of buzz, with 1.6K comments as of this writing. A Google Community manager first responded with a bland statement,but a Google spokesperson has since provided a more satisfactory response to

“We understand the desire to hear more specifics on the games,” the company told us. “After all, that is what it is about: the games. Of course, not all 120 titles will be announced by the Stadia team, as we leave it up to the publishers to make the announcement about their IP/games, and which platforms it will appear on — just as we will do with the exclusive content coming to Stadia.

“There are a lot of reasons for the time of those game announcements — anything from planned promotions or events, title readiness, proximity to first playable demo, shareholder requirements, etc. We continue to work closely with our publishing and developing partners and are here to support them in all areas. We are excited to share more about some of the exclusive games coming to Stadia soon.”

It’s good that more than 100 games are coming to Stadia this year, but Microsoft’s is currently adding new games to its Project xCloud public preview at a much faster rate. Project xCloud is also completely free during the public preview, while Google has yet to announce when the free Stadia tier restricted to 1080p at 60FPS will be available for everyone. For now, Stadia requires early adopters to pay for the $9.99 Stadia Pro subscription and to purchases games separately, except for the two free Stadia Pro games offered every month.