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Stadia Savepoint: December updates

It’s time for another round of our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and updates on Stadia.

In December, the Stadia Pro library included 45 games for subscribers to claim and explore and play right away. Newly added Pro games like Destroy All Humans!, Wreckfest, The Falconeer: Warrior Edition, Transformers: Battlegrounds, Unto The End and FORECLOSED brought extra adventures for the holiday season.

Last month, players explored plenty of new titles on the Stadia store, including two free-to-play shooting games, Nine to Five and Super Animal Royale. And players jumped into The Jackbox Party Pack 6 and Party Pack 7 to create their own fun with family and friends over the holidays. Meanwhile, fans of solo adventures soared through space and time in the sci-fi combat game Chorus.

December also marked the introduction of weekend-long events that allowed all users to play Rainbow Six Siege and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at no additional cost. New players just created a Stadia username (or logged into their existing Stadia account) and then it was game-on!

Play Stadia on LG Smart TVs

Download the Stadia app on LG Smart TVs running webOS 5.0 or later to play your favorite games using a compatible controller. Find more information on our support page.

The image shows the Stadia user interface on an LG Smart TV, with two NFL football players in white and red uniforms looking down with a blue and white sky in the background.

Play your favorite games on LG Smart TVs running webOS 5.0 or later by downloading the new Stadia app.

New content coming to Stadia announced in December:

As always, we’ll be back next month to share another recap. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news on new games, features and updates.

7 apps we couldn’t live without in 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, our Chromebook Apps team is taking the time to reflect on all the ways Chromebooks have helped us tackle another year of doing just about everything from home. This year, we’re starting a new tradition: sharing a few of the many apps we couldn’t live without, from our team to you.

Designing holiday cards

Pixlr. ‘Tis the season to create memories that bring smiles to friends and family. But capturing a photo of my family of five, including toddlers, is no small feat. Pixlr lets you edit photos and create great designs right in your browser. I combined a few photos into one to give the appearance of a calm and serene group, while giving the background a perfect blur. – Maria Lundahl Schmidt, Chrome OS Apps Partnerships

A card that reads “Happy Holidays” with four photos of children playing outside

Maria’s family holiday card created with Pixlr

Staying entertained with Cloud gaming

Stadia. Gaming played a crucial role in keeping me entertained (and sane!) in 2021. This year I have been all about cloud-gaming and Celeste is the first game that sold me. Latency was my main hesitation with cloud gaming, so I put it to the test with a pixel-perfect platformer. I had played Celeste locally, so I knew that any delay in responsiveness would render one of my favorite indie games unplayable. To my delight, I didn’t notice any lag when playing on Stadia. –Sam Richard, Chrome OS Developer Advocate

Nvidia GeForce NOW. And for those looking for a new game that can show off the graphical capabilities of cloud-gaming, be sure to check out Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on NVIDIA GeForce NOW. RTX support means it can be played with beautifully ray traced graphics (available on Chromebooks that support 4K), turning your Chromebook into the ultimate high-fidelity gaming rig! – Greg Nemeth, Chrome OS Games Partnerships

Painting with my kids during shelter in place

Krita. Sheltering in place in a cabin outside of Sweden has given my family some extra time to embrace our creative side. Krita – which is in beta – has been an amazing tool for us, and we have been able to create a plethora of princesses, unicorns and cat-like creatures. Krita is designed primarily for digital painting and 2D animation; it is open source and completely free of charge. The name "Krita" is inspired by the Swedish words krita, meaning "crayon," and rita, which means "to draw," so it made perfect sense for us to use this wonderful tool for digital artists. – Maria Lundahl Schmidt, Chrome OS Apps Partnerships

Connecting virtually with family and friends

Rave. When my kids are asleep, I use Rave, a watch party app, with my friends to text and voice message while binging Netflix and watching YouTube videos together. We even hosted a few karaoke nights with our friends who live outside of California. It became the weekend highlight for us. – Sanj Nathwani, Chrome OS Product Manager

Zoom. Making sure my 2 and 4-year-olds and I can spend virtual time with our loved ones has been important for my family. Zoom’s new progressive web app (PWA) for Chromebooks makes it incredibly easy to join any call with a single click. It works in Chrome browser on any operating system — so I never need to worry about whether my friends or family will be able to access a group meeting. – James Wagner, Chrome OS Apps Program Manager

Unleashing my creative side

Sumo. One of my resolutions this year was to get into painting again. When I started using the web-based app Sumopaint, it was impossible to miss the other tools they have — like making music, 3D modeling, coding or editing photos and videos. My favorite part: how easy everything was to learn, and how you can share assets between apps in the suite through a common asset library. – Neel Kshetramade, Chrome OS Apps Program Manager

A colorful painting of Inara, her parents and her little brother

Painting by Neel’s daughter, created using Sumopaint

Hopefully you’ll have some down-time over the holidays. Some of the ways my team plans to spend that time is watching their favorite holiday movies — like Home Alone or The Nightmare Before Christmas on Disney+, or learning to code as a family with Piper Make, or making music with Cubasis 3’s custom Chromebooks app.

We hope you and your family enjoy these apps as much as we do. Give them a spin during the holidays. Be sure to check out the Perks page to find special offers on some great apps — created exclusively for Chromebooks.

Stadia Savepoint: November updates

It’s time for another round of our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and updates on Stadia.

In November, the Stadia Pro library reached 40 games for the first time — a mix of open world titles, sports games, adventures through new worlds and blockbuster hits. All are available for subscribers to claim and play right away, including newly added Pro games like Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, DIRT 5, Kemono Heroes and Hundred Days - Winemaking Simulator — not to mention Wavetale, which launched First on Stadia in a surprise reveal. Pro subscribers also enjoyed Free Play Days for Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Crew 2.

Players explored many new games that launched on the Stadia store in November, like showing off their moves in Just Dance 2022 and creating their own fun in The Jackbox Party Pack 8. Meanwhile, players eased into the holiday season with relaxing adventure games like Rayman Legends and Farming Simulator 22.

On top of all these new games, November marked two years since Stadia’s launch! Sales on the Stadia Premiere Edition helped players extend gameplay to their TVs, and Stadia store deals offered hits like Far Cry 6 or FIFA 22 for less. Since Stadia’s last anniversary in November 2020, 120+ titles have arrived on the Stadia store, including:

Explore Feed on web

November also brought a new Stadia feature. Now players can share their own Captures and game states with others, and see other community content for the games they play.

Stadia's new Explore Feed on web shows two rectangular posts with screenshots from games shared by other players, with the top post featuring a purple background and blue character from Outcasters on Stadia.

New content coming to Stadia announced in November:

That’s all for now — as always, we’ll be back next month to share more updates. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.

Stadia Savepoint: October updates

It’s time for another round of our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and updates on Stadia.

In October, Stadia Pro subscribers claimed and played the more than 30 games in our growing library of titles. That included newly-added Pro games like Hello Engineer, which is available First on Stadia with State Share support, plus DreamWorks Spirit Lucky’s Big Adventure, Cake Bash, Mafia III Definitive Edition and Control Ultimate Edition. On top of that, Pro subscribers had access to Free Play Days for Borderlands 3 and Dead by Daylight.

New games on the Stadia store teleported players to a massive, open-world multiplayer sports playground in Riders Republic, while others trained to become the most powerful fighters in the universe in DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT. Stadia players were also the first to take on Anton Castillo’s regime in the action adventure game Far Cry 6, playable instantly at launch with no downloads.

A gif includes the title screen of DOOM Eternal, combat shotgun gameplay, and red and purple slides that say to compete with friends using State Share support.

October also marked more than 25 games on Stadia that support platform features like State Share, Stream Connect, Crowd Play and Crowd Choice. With State Share added to DOOM Eternal’s Horde Mode, Crowd Play in Serious Sam 4, permanent Stadia store categories, and new Help Center articles, there are more resources than ever to help you change the way you play your favorite Stadia games.

October also brought new Stadia features for players:

Direct touch support on iOS

Interact directly with a game using your iOS phone’s touch screen by tapping, sliding and pinching with your fingers — now available within HUMANKIND on Android and iOS.

The HUMANKIND direct touch menu shows instructions and diagrams entitled "Tap" "Drag" and "Hold".

Public parties

Public parties provide a new way to find and connect with users who want to play the same games as you.

A sequence of three images shows the Stadia UI with orange highlighted instructions for creating public parties, with lists of games to choose from and join.

Parties and voice chat on Android

Communicate with friends in parties on Android over both voice and game chat.

Bulk Capture deletion on web

Remove multiple Captures at a time with ease, making more room for your favorite game states, video clips and screenshots.

New content announced in October for Stadia:

That’s all for now — as always, we’ll be back next month to share more updates. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.

Stadia Savepoint: September updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and updates on Stadia.

In September, the Stadia Pro library grew to more than 30 games for subscribers to claim and play, with newly-added titles like PGA TOUR 2K21, ARK: Survival Evolved, Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition, Little Big Workshop, Wave Break, Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Manager. That’s a lot of games to play through, but subscribers can play them instantly once claimed, as long as they’re subscribed to Stadia Pro. In addition, last month included Free Play Days with Pro subscribers getting the chance to play games like Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Siege and Madden NFL 22.

In addition, the Stadia store added new titles in September including Life is Strange: True Colors, the long-awaited sequel in the award-winning narrative adventure series from Square Enix. Players also sailed the high seas in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and fought to restore the balance between good and evil on Earth in Darksiders III. In fact, every Stadia player can now try From Space, a free multiplayer demo of the new top-down online co-op action game. With FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition, players who pre-ordered were able to play the new soccer title prior to launch.


September also brought new Stadia features for players:

Phone Link

Connect your Android or iOS phone to your compatible TV as a touch controller or use your phone to link your favorite compatible third-party controller. Find more information on our support page.

This video shows how Phone Link, the newest controller input option on Stadia, works to connect to games on your TV.

With Phone Link, playing Stadia on your TV is easier than ever.

Ubisoft+ expansion

Play a library of Ubisoft games for free with an Ubisoft+ subscription, now available in every territory where Stadia is available.


New content coming to Stadia announced in September:

  • The Falconeer: Warrior Edition


That’s all for now — we’ll be back next month to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.



Stadia Savepoint: August updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and updates on Stadia.

In August, Stadia Pro subscribers played through newly added games like PAW Patrol Mighty Pups: Save Adventure Bay, It Came From Space And Ate Our Brains, Epistory - Typing Chronicles, Killer Queen Black, Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Edition and GRIME. Claiming these titles within the growing Pro library of more than 20 games makes them easy to play instantly for as long as you’re a Pro subscriber. In addition, last month included Free Play Days every single weekend, with Pro subscribers getting the chance to play free games including Rainbow Six Siege, The Elder Scrolls Online and Far Cry 5.

A YouTube video features the launch trailer for Young Souls, a narrative RPG with action brawler elements that's available Only on Stadia.
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In addition, all players were able to jump into new games that launched on the Stadia store, which now includes over 200 titles! Kids and their families are embarking on a platforming adventure in Ice Age: Scrat's Nutty Adventure and creating the ultimate football teams in Madden NFL 22

In HUMANKIND, players are forming new civilizations and competing against each other with the unique State Share integration. And available First on Stadia, Young Souls is sending players underground to fight hordes of goblins in a narrative RPG mixed with serious-brawler action.


The month of August also brought new Stadia features for players:

Direct touch on Android

Interact directly with a game using your phone’s touch screen by tapping, sliding and pinching with your fingers. Now available within HUMANKIND on Android, coming soon to iOS.

Explore tab on mobile

Check out a new social feed to share and view gameplay captures and game states using State Share, as well as news from the Stadia Community Blog.

Change Stadia username on web

Edit your Stadia account username to something new on web. Find more details within the Stadia Help Center.


New content coming to Stadia announced in August:

That’s all for now — we’ll be back next month to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.



Stadia Savepoint: July updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and updates on Stadia.

In July, Stadia Pro subscribers enjoyed new games like Moonlighter, Street Power Football, Terraria and The Darkside Detective. Claiming these titles within the growing Pro library of more than 20 games makes them easy to play instantly, for as long as you’re a Pro subscriber. Plus, Stadia Pro offered free play weekends for Dead by Daylight, The Crew 2, Marvel’s Avengers and Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game.

In addition, fights broke out within the popular arcade-brawler Streets of Rage 4 when it launched on the Stadia store, while other players joined Luffy and his band of Straw Hat Pirates in the open world action-adventure ONE PIECE World Seeker. JRPG fans rejoiced with the arrivals of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox and Cris Tales. For players interested in RPGs of the side-scrolling variety, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night delivered an homage to the Metroidvania series.

While Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game officially launched in June, the arcade sports title was at the top of the leaderboards in July with the start of the in-person events in Tokyo. YouTube Creators have the chance to compete with their viewers in-game across 18 different olympic events with Crowd Play, available in beta (apply through our form for feature access.)

Crowd Play demo video.

Use Crowd Play on Stadia to play games with YouTube livestream viewers.

Game recommendations on Google TV

Look for recommendations for recently played games within the “Top Picks for You” section on Google TV’s home screen.

Smart suggestions for new friends on web, mobile

The friends list on web and mobile devices now contains smart suggestions for new friends based on platform interactions and other player activity.

New games coming to Stadia announced in July:

That’s all for now — we’ll be back next month to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.


Highlights from the Google for Games Developer Summit

This week, we hosted the Google for Games Developer Summit, a free digital event for game developers, publishers and advertisers to come together globally. Though we couldn’t meet in person, we’re grateful for the chance to share our latest solutions for developers to create immersive and memorable gaming experiences for players everywhere.

All keynotes and sessions from the summit are available on demand. Here are a few things we discussed during our keynote sessions:

Easier game development on Android

The new Android Game Development Kit can help make game development easier while Play as you download and the new Reach and devices data and insights tool can help get your games running on more screens and drive your launch success on Google Play.

Graphic illustration with Android logo, games controller, and user interface.

Get the most out of your games on Stadia 

Bringing games to Stadia is now even easier. We revealed new initiatives coming soon that will maximize the return on launching Stadia titles, including an affiliate marketing program, sharing monthly Stadia Pro subscription revenue with partners and an updated revenue share split for new transactional games launching under the new Stadia terms.

Drive lasting business revenue and growth with Ads

This past year, we have seen more people than ever play online games, which means there’s a growth opportunity to build a more sustainable games business. Get players back to your game while focusing on profitability with target return on ad spend (tROAS) bidding for App campaigns for engagement, or maximize revenue within your game by using AdMob bidding.
Interface screenshot of target return on ad spend (tROAS) bidding for App campaigns for engagement.

tROAS bidding for App campaigns for engagement in Google Ads

Bring your game to global audiences with Google Cloud

With flexible, scalable gaming solutions like Open Saves, Google Cloud helps you serve great gaming experiences all over the world so you and your players can focus on the fun.

As more people turn to games both for entertainment and for connecting with friends and family, we’re inspired by how the gaming community thrived this past year. That’s why we’re more committed than ever to help take your games to the next level.

Source: Android


Stadia Savepoint: June updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and updates on Stadia.

In June, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege launched with instant access to 5v5 PVP action in the latest North Star season, including support for cross-play and cross-progression with PC and Luna. Players also competed within Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game, which supports Crowd Play Beta. June also gave players the chance to experiment with building new creations in Hello Engineer First on Stadia in Early Access, which includes support for State Share.

GIF showcasing how State Share works within Hello Engineer

In addition, Stadia Pro subscribers enjoyed new games like the action-platformer Blue Fire or jumped into titles like The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, Chronos: Before the Ashes and MotoGP™20. Claiming these titles within the growing Pro library of 20+ games makes them easy to play instantly, as long as you’re a Pro subscriber. Plus, Stadia Pro offered free play weekends in PGA TOUR 2K21 and Borderlands 3, the latter of which now supports cross-play so you can party up and fight your way across Pandora.

Last month, the Ubisoft+ beta expanded to six new countries. Subscribers in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland gained access to a growing library of Ubisoft titles playable on Stadia ($14.99 USD/€14.99 EUR per month, cancel anytime.) At the same time, Stadia revealed nine crowd-favorite games coming soon from the biggest Ubisoft series including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry and Rayman.

A new promotion with AT&T gives US players six free months of Stadia Pro when they pick up a qualifying AT&T Fiber plan or 5G smartphone on an eligible AT&T unlimited wireless plan. For a limited time, AT&T customers who redeem this offer can purchase a Stadia Premiere Edition for 80% off at only $19.99 USD, while supplies last. More details here.

Stadia games being played on a TV through Chromecast with Google TV

On June 23, we launched the first version of Stadia on Chromecast with Google TV and other officially supported Android TV OS devices. For all other Android TV OS devices, players can opt into experimental support to play Stadia. (See more details on our support page.)

Stadia loading on Google with Chromecast TV, Android TV


Stadia on iOS

Stadia has left the experimental stage on iOS and now features the ability to optimize and adjust resolution within the Progressive Web App.

Stadia support for Chrome on Android

Play games on Stadia using Chrome on Android, with access to your profiles, gameplay captures and the Stadia store.

Sign in with multiple profiles for multiplayer gameplay

Sign-in with up to four Stadia profiles for gameplay on a single screen with support for local multiplayer. Currently supported in Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game.


Stadia Pro updates

June content launches on Stadia:

New games coming to Stadia announced in June:


That’s all for now — we’ll be back next month to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.



Stadia Savepoint: May updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and updates on Stadia.

In May, players summoned the courage to take on the terrors of Resident Evil Village and competed in freestyle events around the world in Street Power Football. It wasn’t all intense gameplay, though — Stadia players happily managed vineyards in Hundred Days - Winemaking Simulator.

In addition to these games available now on the Stadia store, subscribers to Stadia Pro played new titles like STAR WARS: Jedi Fallen Order, Trine 4 - The Nightmare Prince, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and Floor Kids. Claiming these titles within the growing Pro library of 25+ games makes them easy to play instantly, as long as you’re a Pro subscriber!

We’re well on our way to adding more than 100 games to the Stadia store during 2021. In fact, during May we gave players a sneak peek at Super Animal Royale, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - The Official Video Game and Control Ultimate Edition. Plus, we’re looking forward to the launch of Ubisoft’s next entry in the Far Cry franchise with Far Cry 6 on Oct. 7, 2021!


Stadia Pro updates

May content launches on Stadia:

New games coming to Stadia announced in May:

That’s all for now — we’ll be back next month to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for the latest news.