New ways to attract players to the cloud gaming service Stadia

Wednesday October 27, 2021 03:00 PM

Google’s cloud gaming service Stadia is still inventing new ways to engage gamers, and it’s finally trying a method that’s been suggested for years: free, time-limited trials for entire games, so you can see if it’s right for you.

As 9to5Google reports, you can now go to Stadia, sign in with your Google account, and play a free 30-minute trial of Hello Engineer.

The Verge quoted Stadia representatives that this is a trial that Google will be running over the next two months, and will include select other titles in the coming weeks. Sessions won’t always last 30 minutes, and you may not see the same games as everyone else.

As reported by The Verege, Google also has this dedicated webpage for other free trials it may offer in the future, although you’ll only find Hello Engineer there for now, Google has previously experimented with some limited demos.

And it’s still not as smooth as it can be, you still have to sign in with that Google account (even if you’re already signed into your Google account for Gmail and Drive, you still have to tap the Health and Safety screen and another screen to check Arrival, then wait a little while for the game to load, we still don’t have to click on an ad for a game to play that game.

But it’s a step in the right direction, especially if this becomes a standard feature on Stadia titles. From a game developer or publisher’s point of view, there’s no work required to create a demo, and the fact that it’s a cloud game should mitigate any privacy concerns, when Gaikai reached The cloud gaming scene for more than a decade has demonstrated the concept of a game that can be a game right from the start.

Source: Technology: New ways to attract players to the cloud gaming service Stadia

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