Google Announces Date and Time for Next Stadia Connect Event

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With just a few months left until the release of Google Stadia, the tech giant took to Twitter and announced another Stadia Connect event – promising even more details about the game streaming service. Google also invited gamers to its booth at Gamescom to get a hands-on look at Stadia later this month.

Google shocked the gaming industry by announcing Stadia at GDC 2019. At the time, video game streaming was not necessarily thought of as a mainstream way to consume games, but Google made it seem surprisingly accessible, requiring speeds of only 30 megabits per second to play major triple-A titles at a 4K resolution.

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Stadia Connect will be “back and bigger than ever” according to Google Stadia’s own Twitter account. Google has yet to confirm how long the event will be, but it will stream live on YouTube at 10 AM PDT (or 7 PM CEST for those in attendance at Gamescom) on August 19. Afterward, Google will be offering hands-on demos at its Gamescom booth.

Outside of announcing that there will, in fact, be another Stadia Connect, Google hasn’t offered any details as to what it will be showing off. New games and a firm release date will likely be featured, but the bulk of the presentation remains a mystery.

Google Stadia has impressed so far, but many gamers are still skeptical about the service’s quality when it comes to day-to-day use. Free 1080p game streaming is an attractive offer, but the service would certainly meet harsh criticism if issues like lag plague Stadia early on. And for that reason, hands-on impressions from Gamescom might even be more interesting than what Google actually has to show.

That being said, Google’s launch lineup is important too. Including Destiny 2 in its Founder’s Edition bundle is enticing, but Google needs to give a roadmap of games and services it will be offering a few months after its initial launch as well. The concern with cloud-based gaming is that, at any time, Google could cancel the service, and all of its games would disappear from people’s digital libraries. At any rate, there are a number of questions that still need answering. And with just a few months left to go until Stadia’s release, Google hopes to address any concerns consumers may have with this upcoming Stadia Connect event.

Google Stadia will launch sometime in November in 14 countries, including the United States, Canada, and the UK.

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Source: Google Stadia (via Twitter)

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