In the context: It’s no secret that Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service has had limited success with consumers. Instead of completely shutting down Stadia (as the company has done with many of its other apps and services), it has added a white label version to allow game developers to make their games or demos more accessible.
Sony announced last week that it has officially bringing Resident Evil Village in VR on the upcoming Playstation VR2 platform. Now you can try demo non-VR games in your internet browser. It’s completely free and doesn’t even require a login. All you have to do is enter your age (the game is rated M), hit the play button and wait a bit for the demo to load.
It uses Immersive gaming stream, a licensed version of Google’s Stadia game streaming service. It works on Windows, macOS and Android in the latest version of Chrome and iOS in Safari. Even other Chromium based web browsers may be unofficially supported as the demo worked flawlessly for me in Microsoft Edge.
You also need to have a decent internet connection as Capcom recommends download speeds of at least 10Mbps. Game streaming will consume around 12.6 GB of data per hour, so this is something to keep in mind if you have data limits.
You can play with a mouse and keyboard, various controllers, or even with an overlay of touch screen buttons on a mobile phone. Thankfully, Capcom has removed the 1-hour time limit on previous demos, although you’re limited to the Village and Castle playable regions. Saving your progress is also not supported, so you’ll have to start over if you disconnect.
The picture quality leaves a lot to be desired, the demo is limited to 1080p SDR (due to the low bitrate it looks worse than it sounds). Still, it felt reasonably responsive, although that might be different for you if you don’t have a Stadia server nearby.
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