The Stadia online store has had a facelift
Google is making some changes to the Stadia online store in the form of a makeover, and we have to say, it looks pretty good. While the new UI changes aren’t sweeping and drastic, they are quite noticeable. Especially if you spend more than a minute or two looking around.
Then again, you might not notice at all if you never visit the online store or if you haven’t been in a while. Stadia doesn’t really get a lot of marketing and attention these days. So improvements like these are nice for subscribers. Because it shows that Google is still making efforts to improve things.
For the most part, these UI changes are just more visually pleasing. But there are also slight quality of life changes to watch out for.
Stadia online store redesign includes big buttons for game trials
Game trials, or demos if you prefer to call them that, are one of the best things to happen to the Stadia store. The makeover Google has launched includes large, brightly colored buttons to let you know there’s a trial available to play.
These will be placed just above the big white buy buttons. Naturally, if you already own the game, that brightly colored button will just say play on it. But if you don’t own the game, it should say “play for x minutes” so you know how long the trial is.
The time of each trial will vary depending on the game. Humanity, for example, lasts 120 minutes. The Jackbox Party Pack 8 lasts 30 minutes. It should also be noted that some games with trials will be labeled on the store’s homepage.
Other more visually pleasing design changes include fading banner images and a more detailed layout for bundle pages. These changes only seem to appear on the online store. So you won’t see them through the app. The store app version also doesn’t show the ability to play trial games.
Which means that if you want to check out a game before you buy it, you’ll have to do it via the web.
– inlead (@in7ead) April 28, 2022