Google has finally revealed when their gaming streaming service, Stadia , will be releasing and it’s much sooner than we anticipated.
Google revealed that Stadia will release sometime in November of this year exclusively via the stadia Founder’s Edition Bundle. This edition will include a Limited edition night blue controller, Chromecast Ultra, a three-month Stadia Pro subscription, a chance to be the first to claim a Stadia name and 3-month Stadia Pro buddy pass so one of your friends can join you on the service.
Stadia will initially be available in 14 countries, including the U.S, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Ireland. The service is set to expand to more countries in 2020.
Now, you might be wondering how you will be able to access Google’s service. Google stated that at launch the service will be available on desktops via the Chrome browser, TV’s using Chromecast, tablets and Google mobile phones.
So what will it cost? Initially, Stadia will only have a Pro subscription, which will cost $9.99 a month. It will include deals on game purchases, access to a library of free games and better streaming capabilities than the Base subscription (which will release at a later stage). Those with a Pro subscription will be able to stream games at 4K 60fps HDR with 5.1 surround sound.
The Base subscription will only be available from 2020 and is expected to be cheaper than the Pro subscription.
So, what is the down side? Firstly, the Base subscription will not include free games, meaning all games on this subscription will need to be purchased by the subscriber. It will also have lower streaming capabilities than the Pro subscription streaming games at 1080p 60fps with only surround sound available
Google also announced a slew of games that will be heading to the service. Below is a list of some of the games that were revealed.
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- DOOM Eternal
- DOOM 2016
- Rage 2
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Destiny 2
- Get Packed
- Metro Exodus
- Farming Simulator 19
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- Football Manager
- Samurai Shodown
- Final Fantasy XV
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- NBA 2K, Borderlands 3
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Darksiders Genesis
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Just Dance
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
- Trials Rising
- The Crew 2
Its a rather impressive list of titles but whether people will be willing to give the Pro subscription a go or wait for the Base subscription is yet to be seen. But there is no doubt that Stadia is an ambitious service that could disrupt the way the gaming industry currently functions.
What do you think, would you give the service a try?