in context: It’s no secret that Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service has had limited success with consumers. Instead of shutting down Stadia entirely (as the company did with many of its other apps and services), it added a white-label version, allowing game developers to make their titles or demos more accessible.
Last week, Sony announced that it was officially bringing Resident Evil Village to VR on its upcoming Playstation VR2 platform. Now, you can try out a demo of the non-VR game in your Internet browser. It’s completely free, and you don’t even need to log in. All you have to do is enter your age (the game is rated M), click the play button, and wait for the demo to load.
It uses Immersive Stream for the game, which is a licensable version of Google’s Stadia game streaming service. It works on Chrome on Safari and on the latest version of iOS on Windows, macOS and Android. Even other Chromium-based web browsers may be unofficially supported, as the demo on Microsoft Edge ran flawlessly for me.
You must also have a good Internet connection, with Capcom recommends download speeds of at least 10 Mbps. Streaming the game will consume around 12.6 GB of data in an hour, so it should be taken into account if you have a data limit.
You can also play it with mouse and keyboard, various controllers, or touch screen button overlays on mobile. Fortunately, Capcom removed the 1-hour time limit of the previous demo, though you’re limited to the Village and Castle areas of the game. Saving your progress is also not supported, so if you get disconnected you will have to start all over again.
Image quality leaves a lot to be desired, with the demo limited to 1080p SDR (the low bitrate looks worse than it sounds). However, it felt responsive enough, although that may be different for you if you don’t have a Stadia server nearby.