There's already plenty of scepticism around Google's Stadia streaming service. One way Google could counter that is by offering a discounted rate for individual games, but the Google Stadia chief has more or less knocked that idea on the head.
Chasing up the company for more clarity on pricing, Eurogamer spoke to Stadia head Phil Harrison at a roundtable with British games media. The group asked whether individual games would be charged at the same rate as purchasing the game digitally or through retail, and Harrison suggested that games would still be priced the same, with the value coming from their portability.
"I don't know why it would be cheaper ... the value you get from the game on Stadia means you can play it on any screen in your life - TV, PC, laptop, tablet, phone," Harrison is quoted as saying.
Stadia's current model is split across two subscription tiers, the free Stadia Base model that offers 1080p/60fps support and a $US10/month model that enables 4K resolutions, 5.1 surround sound, a rotating library of free games and "exclusive discounts on select game purchases".
Harrison couldn't confirm the individual pricing of any games, or even what a rough figure might be. It's not long until the service launches internationally — Stadia will go live overseas from November with the release of The Founder's Edition, but Australians aren't expected to get access to Stadia until 2020 at the earliest.