Google has stated its intention to offer trials of premium games on its Stadia streaming service once the platform has been launched.Talking on a recent episode of Stadiacast, Stadia’s head of product, John Justice, explained that trials are “high up on the list” for Google’s plans after the cloud service’s launch in November.
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“I think if you look at our plan to make as many people be able to try this as possible, you want people, whether they’re already on Stadia, to let them go discover new games, new things, stuff you haven’t tried,” he said.
“And then also people who – if you haven’t given it a try – we want to let you jump in just as easily as you can. So I think both of those things are trials that we want to support.”
Public perception of Stadia is currently mixed, with a lot of hesitation coming down to the perceived instability that may result due to relying on the cloud rather than a physical console. Lag, drop-outs, and bandwidth are all problems associated with streaming video, and it’s natural people may fear how this could affect video gaming. As such, it seems a sensible idea to allow people to try both the service and games in order to allow them to see if Stadia is a worthwhile investment.
Stadia itself will provide a free of charge base version in 2020, so presumably trials of Stadia itself would relate to the Pro version, which provides 4K quality gaming. Stadia Pro subscriptions are set to offer some games as part of the package, but many games will require a standalone purchase. This makes game trials all the more attractive, and combined with the free base version of Stadia creates an effective demo situation.
We’ve learnt plenty of things about Stadia in the run up to it’s November launch: the service will offer ‘roughly’ one free game per month, and Gamescom showed off 39 games coming to the platform. Google itself isn’t worried about these games eating up your data caps as it believes ISPs will adapt to bigger streaming demands.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.SOURCE: IGN.com