Stadia Cast Show Notes Episode 24

Intro

Before we get started – We record this show live! Sunday mornings at 10am Eastern at youtube.com/stadiacast.

If you want to directly support Stadiacast head over to anchor.fm/stadiacast and click the “Support this podcast link” For as little as a dollar you can help us create future episodes of Stadiacast.

Main Discussion

Welcome new people that are coming from PC Magazine, IGN, Cnet, or anywhere else…..

Talk about the audio show. Mention our other channels.

Our thoughts on what John Said

Buddy Pass, Gamepad, Demos, Mods, Year Sub, Save File Imports.

NEWS

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NEXT EPISODE we’ll talk about the VR thing, perhaps EA’s streaming rival, and the foolish comparisons of Apple Arcade and Google Stadia. But for now, its time for Crowd Play

Crowd Play

Email from Darren

Firstly, can I congratulate you both on this excellent podcast.
I listen to it every week on my commute into London. 
I’m a lapsed casual gamer here in the U.K. who has been tempted (along with his now teenage daughter) back into the gaming world by the prospect of Google Stadia. 
I do have a question for you both. You mentioned on the latest (John Justice) podcast about Stadia being able to pull in extra AI capability from a dedicated NPC with Google. 
Now, I will admit I’m not entirely sure what this means technically.

So, does this mean that on a game like ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ you would get a more enhanced experience (due to this AI capability) compared to playing it on an X-box or PlayStation?

Mark Findorff
Will be there a function that a friend can help me in a game by getting my stream to his display and take for a limited time control of my game with his setup or something like that? So the friend sees my game on his display, I see it on my display, I give him control, he helps me out or shows me something in the game and I have the opportunity to get the control back any time I want. That would be awesome. Keep up the great work.

Shen One
My only burning question: How soon could they implement ray tracing for Stadia? Since they’re using AMD chips (right?) And as far as I know AMD doesn’t support that technology yet. Stadia’s main draw in not needing to always keep up with the latest hardware, being able to play at 4K 60fps and so should have advantage over next gen consoles and even PC at that. Cyberpunk recently showcased ray tracing on PC and the game is coming on the platform. Would be a shame if it wasn’t supported at game launch as PCs would have the graphics advantage on this title. (And yes, would probably only play @30fps with RTX on but still, would be nice to experience this kind of graphic fidelity without having to purchase a $2000 computer)

PowerFantastic
I want parental control that will allow blacklisting specific games for my children regardless of rating

Ninfrost Plays
Hey guys fantastic stream I definitely look forward to your podcasts to get more information about stadia I was wondering if we’ll see on stadia older games from the older Generations on stadia I was also wondering if we’ll see fortnite or any free to play games on stadia thanks keep up the good work to both you guys and the stadia team

Brad LeCompte
How about wearing a wireless headset? The controller has blue tooth but when will it be available for headsets and which ones will be compatible- that is my biggest concern.

Descenter1976
THANKS alot for this Show/Interview, very helpful! BUT if Stadia is going to be delayed 48 minutes and 23 seconds now I’m going to get pissed!

Chase Forth

“Has there been any early indications of how much data Stadia uses per hour internally at Google?” I know they may be hesitant to answer but it’s worth a shot 🙂

Cody

What makes Stadia better then prior services like On Live / GeForce Now

Email from Sebastian

I’m the “gutsy” guy from Gamescom that you have talked about in StadiaCast 22.

First of all, I want to say thank you to you both for your Podcast. I’m a Stadia Founder since the first day (even if it doesn’t officially release in my country) and was driving to Gamescom (6h) mainly because of Stadia (I played 6 times there and got a Stadia sweater, so totally worth it). As you can see I’m really into Stadia, so I really appreciate your highly professional Podcast!


Outro

Follow the show on Twitter at StadiaCast, follow me @runjumpstomp and follow Lloyd @dasme Be sure to use the hashtag #StadiaCast so we can find your tweets!

Join the StadiaCast Discord over at runjumpstomp.com/discord, and while you’re already joining Discords, Lloyd has his community discord at Rezd.tv/discord

Music your about to hear is Subterranean Kamikaze by Zircon, check out their stuff at zirconstudios.bandcamp.com

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Stadia Cast Show Notes Episode 22

Intro

Before we get started – We record this show live! Sunday mornings at 10am Eastern at youtube.com/stadiacast.

If you want to directly support Stadiacast head over to anchor.fm/stadiacast and click the “Support this podcast link” For as little as a dollar you can help us create future episodes of Stadiacast.

Main Discussion

NEWS

Story 1

Destin Legarie of IGN says he was skeptical about Stadia but he’s impressed.

Quotes

On Doom “having played it on PC I was really really curious, and I’ve been really cynical about Stadia, I mean their streams can’t even stop lagging, you know? So, I try it out and I think it sold me on Google stadia. It stuttered a little bit on a cutscenes but that was about it. The flow of combat still felt really good on the controller”

On Mortal Kombat “It seemed to be playing pretty well, I didn’t get hands on with that, but I was watching other people play they were executing their moves, they didn’t seem to be impacted by any sort of lag that a 60 fps fighting game would encounter”

On XCloud “I got to play Halo at E3 also, I don’t think Xcloud was as sooth, there was a lot hitching there was a lot of delay actually, they have a controller connected to a screen, basically and that was how you were playing a lot of the xCloud stuff, it seems like they have a little bit more work to do compared to the Google Stadia platform, which again really really impressed me……I think it might surprisingly (and I can’t believe I’m saying this, I thought there’s no way Google Stadia is going to be this functional, and I tried it out and Oh my god, this thing might be good!”

Destin Legarie of IGN

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Max Scoville, Brian Altano and Tina Amini of IGN interviewed John Justice VP of Product at Google

They picked Doom Eternal and MK11 to show off Stadia because they are hard games to get right.

“Before people could try it, and see it, people wondered about it. There are things that we can do to speed it up where we run it to make it as fast or in some cases faster than you can by buying a console.”

On the possibilities with cloud “We’re constantly upgrading the servers. We’re constantly upgrading our servers, right now our machines are faster than anything you can buy in a console by a pretty good chunk, but we’re already working on the next, and the next and the next, as we constantly upgrade.”

Oh collecting and digital libraries – “It’s pretty much the same as everything digital today, except you don’t have to wait for downloads and updates, and its faster and better.”

On Crossplay – “The developers are usually pretty excited … We think that its a core of Next Gen. We just don’t think we should have the kind of walls that we’ve had in the past…. We want every single titile to have cross play / Cross progression

On the controller – “We’ve spent years and years on this, we had hundreds of prototypes. When you feel something like on the d-pad, the collapse on the dome switches. Its really hard to get that to be just right to let you roll combos.

On Bandwidth – “Project stream took 25 MBps, last year, but now we can get it down to 15 or even 10.”

Google VP of Product John Justice

On the Stadia Controller – “I really like the face buttons feel nice and soft, the d-pad is clicky, the sticks are really smooth, the shoulder buttons are great….I’m completely sold on this controller.”

Brian Altano IGN

Crowd Play

Outro

Follow the show on Twitter at StadiaCast, follow me @runjumpstomp and follow Lloyd @dasme Be sure to use the hashtag #StadiaCast so we can find your tweets!

Join the StadiaCast Discord over at runjumpstomp.com/discord, and while you’re already joining Discords, Lloyd has his community discord at Rezd.tv/discord

Music your about to hear is Subterranean Kamikaze by Zircon, check out their stuff at zirconstudios.bandcamp.com

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Nintendo Reveals News About Upcoming Nintendo Switch Games at gamescom

At gamescom in Cologne, Germany, it’s been a week full of Nintendo news about the stellar lineup on the Nintendo Switch system. From details about upcoming DLC for the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order game to deep dives into games like ASTRAL CHAIN and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition, the news coming out of gamescom highlighted the deep well of content that is headed to Nintendo Switch this year.

Some of the news revealed at the show includes:

  • The director of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, Shigeru Ohmori from GAME FREAK, provided a short video message for fans, offering a new look at one of the towns in the Galar region. Pokémon Swordand Pokémon Shield launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 15.
  • In MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order, players will step into the boots of the urban vigilantes known as Punisher, Blade, Moon Knight and Morbius, as the Marvel Knights join the alliance. These playable characters are part of DLC Pack 1 included with the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass (sold separately), which also includes a new mode. In Gauntlet Mode, up to four players* take on a frenzied series of co-op challenges in rapid succession to earn rewards. In addition, alternative outfits for all playable characters will be added to the game via a series of free updates, starting on Aug. 30 with new outfits for Spider-Man, Hulk and Captain Marvel. As previously announced at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the free update on Aug. 30 will also add Cyclops and Colossus as brand new playable characters.
  • Upcoming Nintendo Switch game The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is now available for pre-purchase in Nintendo eShop.
  • Retro fans will love the 2D mode coming to Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. In addition to 3D events, players can compete in Classic 2D Events using graphics reminiscent of the NES era. In addition, it was revealed that Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will launch for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 5.
  • Knights, sorcerers and everyone in between can now check out a free demo for the DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Editiongame in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch. When the full game launches on Sept. 27, it will also come with a free Champion’s Pack. Downloading the pack will give players access to helpful items and fun costumes.

Additionally, more information and game footage was unveiled for upcoming Nintendo Switch games like ASTRAL CHAIN (Aug. 30), Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Oct. 31), The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Sept. 20), The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition (Oct. 15), Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Nov. 5) and DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition (Sept. 27). Fans can catch up on all the new Nintendo Presents video content from gamescom at Nintendo of Europe’s gamescom 2019 website.

Nintendo of Europe also hosted the Nintendo Live: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – gamescom 2019 Invitational tournament. Fans can recap the tournament on Nintendo UK’s YouTube channel. The four European winners will fly to Japan for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World Challenge Cup held on Oct. 14 at Nintendo Live in Kyoto, where they’ll compete against qualified teams from Japan and North America, as well as other top players.

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Hands on Stadia impressions from Twitter.

Source for links

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MARVEL’S AVENGERS AND FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE LEAD SQUARE ENIX’S GAMESCOM 2019 LINE-UP

LONDON (7th August 2019) – Square Enix Ltd., today announced its massive line-up of games and activities making their way to gamescom in Cologne, Germany later this month. From the 20th – 24th August in Hall 9, visitors can dive in and enjoy playable demos for Marvel’s Avengers and FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE, the critically acclaimed FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online, Trials of Mana™, as well as a playable demo for KINGDOM HEARTS III as seen in the release of the game earlier this year.

In a worldwide first, fans at Gamescom 2019 will play a hands-on demo for MARVEL’S AVENGERS Gamers at the Square Enix booth will battle as Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor experiencing the preliminary incident of this original Avengers story, launching on the 15th May 2020 simultaneously for thePlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, Stadia, and PC.

For the first time in Europe, visitors will experience the highly anticipated FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKEwith a hands-on demo showcasing the reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre. Across 72 stations, show attendees will get their first look at the game before its release for the PlayStation®4 system on 3rd March 2020.

Trials of Mana, the latest title in the revered Mana series and full remake of the RPG classic, will make its global debut at the show with a brand-new playable demo. Entirely rebuilt and revamped with action-RPG battle, levelling and skill systems as well as modern 3D graphics, attendees can check out an early section of the game, playing as just some of the memorable characters that the full game will offer when it launches in early 2020.

Critically-acclaimed MMORPG FINAL FANTASY XIV Online returns to gamescom, with a booth powered by Acer® latest Predator™ gaming hardware to maximise everyone’s gaming experience. Intense challenges, great prizes and an exclusive programme of stage shows with the makers of the game including Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida, and Main Scenario Writer and World Lore Creator Banri Oda will be taking place throughout the week, all culminating in a big cosplay competition on Friday 23rd August. Finally, the largest FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Fan Gathering to ever take place in Germany is set to shake Cologne on the evening of Friday 23rd August. More information on how to attend can be found here: https://sqex.to/F79nx

The SQUARE ENIX booth will also offer a sneak peek at merchandise prototypes for the upcoming FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, as well as an open demo space for visitors to try out the latest SQUARE ENIX PRODUCTS board games.

Life is Strange™ 2: Episode 4 ‘Faith’ debuts at gamescom 2019. Experience the trailer for the riveting next chapter in the Diaz brothers’ journey towards a new life in Mexico, as the story reaches its most thrilling and complex entry yet. The second season of the award-winning franchise from SQUARE ENIX External Studios and the Life is Strange team at DONTNOD Entertainment, continues on August 22nd, 2019.

Title Information (Alphabetical order)

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE
Platform: PlayStation®4 system
Developer: Square Enix
Available: 3 March 2020
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is a reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre, diving deeper into the world and its characters than ever before. The first game in this project will be set in the eclectic city of Midgar and presents a fully standalone gaming experience, providing a great starting point to the series that dives deeper into the events occurring in Midgar than the original game. Along with unforgettable characters and a powerful story, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE features a hybrid battle system that merges real-time action with strategic, command-based combat. For more information, visit: https://ffvii-remake.square-enix-games.com/en-gb

FINAL FANTASY XIV Online
Platform: PlayStation®4 system, Windows PC, Mac
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Now
With more than 16 million players globally, FINAL FANTASY XIV Onlinecontinues to deliver on the promise of bringing the best of the FINAL FANTASY experience to the online realm. Take part in the next chapter of the critically-acclaimed saga with the new legendary expansion pack—SHADOWBRINGERS! A free trial is available at http://www.ffxiv-freetrial.com.

KINGDOM HEARTS III
Platform: Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Now 
Having surpassed 5 million shipments and digital sales following its launch earlier this year, the critically acclaimed action-RPG KINGDOM HEARTS III returns to Gamescom with playable demos of worlds inspired by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules and Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story. In KINGDOM HEARTS III, players join forces with Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy for the adventure of a lifetime traveling across beloved Disney and Pixar worlds based on Toy Story, Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero 6 and more. For more information, visit: http://www.kingdomhearts.com/

MARVEL’S AVENGERS
Platform: PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, Stadia, and PC
Developer: Crystal Dynamics® in collaboration with Eidos-Montréal™, Crystal Northwest™, and Nixxes Software
Available: 15th May 2020
Marvel’s Avengers is a story-driven, 3rd-person Action-Adventure game. Reassemble and rebuild your Avengers roster in the cinematic single-player campaign, then battle solo or online alongside friends in new missions around the globe. Customize Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and then harness their unique powers to defend the world from escalating threats for years to come.

Play the Beta first on PS4. Pre-Order for Beta Access at www.playavengers.com

Trials of Mana
Platform: Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 system, STEAM
Developer: Square Enix
Available: Early 2020
Trials of Mana is a full high-definition remake of the third entry in the Mana series, previously released in Japan in 1995 as Seiken Densetsu 3Trials of Mana tells the story of six heroes in their battle to defeat monsters of destruction trying to take over the world whilst the power of Mana has been weakened. Players can choose between six main characters and supporting allies, the story will play out in different ways depending on the combination of the main character and allies in the party.

Related Links
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/squareenix
Official Twitter: @squareenix
Official Instagram: @squareenix
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/UKSquareEnix

About Square Enix Ltd.
Square Enix Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal®. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 144 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 78 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 74 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

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