Google Stadia – Everything you need to know

Google Stadia - Everything you need to know

Google Stadia – Everything you need to know

Google has announced the release date, availability and pricing of their Stadia game streaming service, cloud-based gaming offering which is designed to turn any Chrome-powered screen into a viable gaming platform. 

Right now, Google plans to release Stadia this November in 14 different nations, starting with Belgium, Finland, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Availability in more nations will start in 2020. 

To use Stadia, gamers need a Google account and a Stadia Founders Edition or Stadia buddy pass to utilise the service. On PC gamers can use Stadia using their Chrome browser, while TV users can download the Stadia App on the Google Play or Apple App Stores or a Google Chromecast Ultra. PC users can make use of existing controllers, such as the Xbox One/PS4 gamepad or keyboard/mouse, though Google’s Stadia controller is preferred. TV users will require Google’s Stadia controller. 

The mobile version of Stadia will be limited to Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a phones at launch, though the Stadia app will become available to other Android devices at a later date. 

At launch, Google has already confirmed that Stadia will support over 30 games, which includes newly announced titles like Baldur’s Gate III and recent releases like Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and The Division 2. Rockstar Games are reportedly working on a game for Stadia, but it remains unannounced.      

Stadia will be available in the form of Google’s Founders Edition bundle at launch, which ships with a Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra. Additionally, the service comes with Destiny 2 Complete Edition, three months of Stadia Pro and a Stadia buddy pass, which will enable your friends to access the service. Stadia Pro will cost $10/£10 per month and give gamers access to 4K 60FPS game streams, though a free version will be available with more limited features. Google’s Stadia Pro service will also give gamers access to free titles from time to time, much like Sony’s PlayStation Plus and Microsoft’s Xbox Live premium services. 

Base access to Stadia will start in 2020, giving gamers free access to the service with streams that support up to 1080p 60FPS gameplay. Players will still need to purchase their games on Google’s Stadia platform, but at least the streaming is free.  

For basic 720p streams, Stadia will require 10Mbps download speeds, while 1080p 60FPS streams (with 5.1 surround sound) will require 20Mbps download speeds. Full 4K streams will require 35Mbps download speeds.   

Google Stadia - Everything you need to know  
Google’s Stadia Founders Edition service will be available for £119 in the UK, and cost £10 per month after the Founders Edition’s included three months subscription lapses. 

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