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Stadia getting 10 timed exclusives this year, Google says

Doesn’t name the games; we’ll learn more in February

Attendees look at the new Stadia controller on display at the Google booth at the 2019 GDC Game Developers Conference on March 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Google Stadia will get 10 timed exclusives by July, the company said today, although it did not say which games would be launching on the streaming platform.

The company said it expects more than 120 games coming to Stadia in 2020, with “more than 10 games in the first half of this year alone that will be only available on Stadia when they launch,” Google’s Stadia Team wrote. “We’re working with our partners to share more on those games soon.”

Google announced Stadia’s launch lineup in November with just one platform exclusive: Gylt, the fantasy adventure by Deadlight and Rime maker Tequila Works. It hasn’t yet launched on any other platforms.

The remainder of the Stadia Team’s note said that support for 4K gaming on the web was coming sometime in the next three months, as will support for wireless gameplay on the web using the Stadia controller.

Google Stadia launched in November 2019, meeting with critical indifference at best. Our review said Stadia fell short of a promise of a seamless streaming experience of AAA games in ultra-high definition with no input lag. It didn’t help that Stadia launched without several promised features, such as family sharing, streaming to iOS, or Stream Connect, a multiplayer experience Google touted as allowing players to join any game they’re watching.

Google pointed out that Stream Connect did arrive later, with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and that support for achievements and Google Assistant also followed. Importantly, all Chromecast Ultras are now supported; some weren’t at launch.

“Toward the end of this month, we will share more about the games coming to Stadia Pro in February,” Google said.

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