Everything We Learned Today About Google Stadia

The upcoming streaming platform Google Stadia won’t just follow the Netflix model, as many fans had hoped. It will instead have both a subscription and games for sale individually, as Kotaku previously reported. Here’s everything we learned today during Google’s “Stadia Connect” stream.

Stadia, which was announced in March, is a streaming platform designed to let you play games without a high-end console or computer. If it works as promised, it’ll let you plug a Chromecast into your television and access games through the cloud, no hardware required. The base subscription price is $US10 ($14)/month, with a free version planned for next year, and a Founder’s Edition bundle available for $US130 ($186) this November when Stadia launches.

It’ll be a slow rollout, Google says—you’ll need that Founder’s Edition to play in 2019—the platform won’t open up further until 2020. You won’t be able to subscribe to the standard Stadia Pro subscription until next year, either.

In an official stream today, Google detailed the pricing, game lineup, and other specifics. First of all, here’s how your connection will correlate with your Stadia resolution:

Some other announcements:

  • Google announced Baldur’s Gate 3 and Ghost Recon: Breakout for Stadia, the latter with a new trailer. (Don’t worry—the former is also coming to PC.)

  • Other games announced include Gylt, an adventure game from developer Tequila Works, and a multiplayer Overcooked-style game called Get Packed from Moonshine Studios.

  • The Division 2 will be there, too. Ubisoft overload!

  • Stadia Pro is the official service, at $US10 ($14)/month, which will give you access to the service’s games at 4K resolution/60 frames-per-second. This won’t include all the games, though—newer ones will be purchasable separately.

  • The controller is $US70 ($100) standalone.

  • The Stadia Founder’s Edition will launch later this year for $US130 ($186). It comes with a Chromecast Ultra, a Stadia controller, a copy of Destiny 2 (along with the new Shadowkeep expansion), and a three-month subscription along with a three-month buddy pass.

  • Other Stadia games include Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Doom, Doom Eternal, the new Tomb Raider trilogy, Final Fantasy XV, Darksiders Genesis, Metro Exodus, and many others.

  • Google says it’ll be one user per Stadia account, tied to your Google ID—you can have a guest account for splitscreen, but other than that, no sharing. (Update (2:43pm): A Google spokesperson reached out to say that family sharing is coming in the future.)

  • “At launch, if you’re a Stadia user, you can play Stadia exclusively on Pixel 3 and 3a devices. However, you’ll be able to create your account and make subscription and game purchases from any Android M+ or iOS 11+ device that has access to the Stadia app.”


Comments

    So you're saying I can pay

    - $130 to sign up
    - $10/month after the first three months

    And I *still* have to purchase games individually (other than the PSPlus-style free game dripfeed)

    And I need an internet connection that nobody in Australia has yet?

    And my gaming is monitored by the largest internet advertising company in the world?

    SIGN ME UP!

      I mean, still cheaper for casuals than building a gaming pc or buying a pro version console. Right about the internet though, thanks LNP for f****** that up like everything else you do.

      Speak for yourself. I have solid 98 down on FttC. Not as good as FttP sure, but still more than double the speed Stadia requires.

      So to clarify, you can stream any game you purchase at 1080p 60FPS for free. If you want to stream 4K you need to subscribe, and they will have a few subscriber titles included with the sub price. But otherwise yes, you're just buying a game to stream it from Google.

      None of this matters because it's not releasing here and probably never will because the NBN is a fucking joke.

    Soldant please enough with the profanity about the NBN and no it's not a fucking joke you dumbass!
    As I said earlier this year the Google Stadia is going to fail the Google Stadia is a streaming console not a games console.
    And the fact that the Google Stadia is going to compete against the Nintendo Switch is not going to happen.
    Google if you're listening lay off the crack pipe we're not getting another console you guys are going to fail miserably.

    NBN50 which is suppose to be the minimum standard delivered by NBN now, and if you got a goood CSV supplier (One of the top 5 carriers). A single connection could handle 35Mbps and be constant...

    ... but unless Google is performing dark rituals in a server farm somewhere, there is no way I can believe they can transmit loss-less 4K 60fps 5.1channel encoded video over the internet for a measly 35mbps. "Latency so good, the human eye can't tell" Youtube can't even do that somedays and they have the saving grace of an actual buffer. You can't buffer a video game in real time, and nearly every major game company in the world hasn't solved the latency problem when transmitting a small amount of game data... let alone 35Mbps.

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