A few weeks ago, Google released an interesting promo for its Stadia game streaming program. Pre-order the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 from the store and you get a Stadia Premiere package (worth $ 100 with a Wi-Fi controller, Chromecast Ultra, and a month of Stadia Pro) for free. It was an immersive combination of game and hardware.
A little too convincing, it turns out, a verified account from a Google representative said the promotion is now closed, despite the original plan to run it until Friday, December 1
The rep said this was due to an “overwhelmingly positive reception,” and it’s easy to see why. Cyberpunk 2077 is probably the biggest AAA release of the year, and it’s also incredibly complex in terms of visuals and backend. The game is available on every platform except mobile and Switch, but it struggles with older hardware: low-power PCs, the PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Even mid-range gaming PCs have to turn the visual settings all the way down to get stable frame rates. All platforms see weird early release bugs, but that’s to be expected from complex open-world games. The publisher has gone so far as to issue refunds for Cyberpunk 2077 purchases on older consoles, a rare concession.
Stadia (and its streaming competitor GeForce NOW), on the other hand, seems like excellent ways to run the game, if you can meet the streaming connection requirements. By relying on Google’s souped-up remote computers, many of the visual hiccups get rid of without the need for local gaming hardware or large downloads, all the way up to 4K resolution for Pro users. I’ve been playing on Stadia for almost a week, and other than one crash, haven’t seen any of the issues reported on older consoles.
Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be a real coming out party for game streaming, and pairing that pre-order with Stadia hardware was a smart move by Google. They may find that a few potential customers are pissed off for missing out on a free controller and Chromecast, but still, it’s the boon the platform needed after a disappointing introductory year.
Source: Stadia subreddit via Android Police