Grid’s 40 car races only possible on Google Stadia claim Codemasters

Codemasters’ Grid will become one of the first Stadia games to get unique features, with more cars on the track than even the PC version.

Earlier this week Google announced the 12-game launch line-up for their Stadia streaming service, which included a number of prominent games but only one exclusive: indie title GYLT.

But Stadia has been subject to a number of misconceptions since its launch, the most obvious being that it is not, and has never tried to be, the Netflix of gaming.

It’s also essentially a brand new format – these aren’t just console or PC versions of the games that are being streamed but special Stadia editions that have to be specially adapted for the service.

In most cases that seems to have resulted in a version of the game that is similar to a high-end PC but one game, Grid, has unique features that developer Codemasters claims are only possible with Stadia.

Grid is not a launch game but will be released at some point later this year, and while it will be largely the same game as released on other formats it will have unique advantages, such as 40 cars on the track at the same time.

‘The ability of Stadia to talk to other Stadia so quickly transforms some ideas around multiplayer’, development director Mark Green told Wccftech.

‘For example, developing a whole new mode for GRID Stadia which has 40 cars on track at the same time, something that just isn’t possible with other hardware.’

Whether that’s really true, especially taking into account the next generation and Microsoft’s Project xCloud, remains to be seen but it’s a promising sign that Stadia is already starting to distinguish itself from the competition.

Green also promises 4K resolution and hints that the computing power of Google’s data centres will also be able to provide a boost for other games, especially open world titles.

Stadia launches on Tuesday, 19 November in the UK and we’ll be offering a first look at how it works in an ordinary UK home on Monday.

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