The dark clouds surrounding Stadia are temporarily dispersing. Despite Google’s strategic reversals which questioned its destiny, the service of cloud gaming will float in the air for a while yet. At its Games Developer Summit, Google announced several changes aimed at making its service more attractive to gamers and developers alike — yes, everyone calls for the other.
On the player side, they will be able to consult the service catalog, but also try the free demos without having to log in with their Google account. All you have to do is go to the Stadia site and click on “Play demo” to start the free trial directly. Not a word, however, on extended compatibility with browsers other than Chrome, although this remains an important point of friction.
As for the developers, they will be able to set up these famous easily accessible demos and more easily bring their games to the platform from the Unreal Engine and Unity. Also, Google has technology to emulate Windows games on its servers, but at this stage this is not an available option for developers who would like to make their games accessible without the slightest effort. This emulator was presented as a technical demonstration at The Verge.
These announcements are a step in the right direction, but will it be enough to make up for the disastrous departure of the service and reassure all the fears that surround it? Meanwhile, Microsoft and Nvidia are widening the gap with Xbox Cloud Gaming and GeForce Now.