Google Stadia, the upcoming cloud gaming service has had a lot of its details from its incoming press conference leaked. These include the price, release date, and game roster. I won’t need to watch it now, and you won’t need to either.
Stadia Connect Announcement
Google Stadia Price
Google is set to announce some Stadia launch bundles.
The Stadia “Founder’s Edition” retails for about $130.00 and will include the Stadia Controller, a 4K Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2, and three months subscription to the service. The bundle will be available for pre-order on Thursday.
Google Stadia is compatible with all game controllers and devices, but they will be providing a “Stadia Pro” subscription and a special Stadia controller. There are three colours to choose from and costs $69.99. However, Stadia will still require a Chromecast to work but Google is aiming to bring into any Google device with Chrome by 2020.
Stadia will initially be a subscription-only platform and cost about $9.99 a month. This will include access to 4K resolution, 60 frames per second programming. But won’t include free games.
The Stadia Pro plan will only allow access to the games originally launched on Stadia, while newly titles will need to be purchased in the online store.
Google will also announce “Stadia Base”, a free account option in 2020. This plan will be capped at 1080p resolution and won’t include any of the Pro plan games. These games can be individually purchased on Stadia.
Google Stadia Games
Stadia will have 31 games at launch with support from Ubisoft, Bethesda, and Square Enix.
Titles announced so far include Destiny 2, The Division 2, Doom Eternal, Darksiders Genesis, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Baldurs Gate 3, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Mortal Kombat 11, Farming Simulator 2019, Elder Scrolls Online, Rage 2, The Crew 2, Metro Exodus, and Tomb Raider games.
Stadia Internet Requirements
Stadia will need download speeds of at least 10 Mbps and upload speeds of 1 Mbps for minimal performance. A Chromecast Ultra will need 35 Mbps to play on 4K and 60 fps without lag.
Google Stadia Release Date
The leak says Stadia will be available in 14 countries, including Canada, by November this year.
I am still not sold on Google Stadia as it requires an expensive subscription and good internet speeds. Sure they aren’t the biggest requirements and you won’t need to buy an expensive console but I can guarantee about 60% plus of the possible market for Stadia won’t be able to use the service without noticeable problems. One day everyone will be using cloud-based platforms but that time still hasn’t arrived.
I will update this post if anything more interesting is announced.
- More games added.
- Additional pricing details.