Google Stadia gaming on Chromebooks, other devices: November launch, pricing info

Google Stadia gaming on Chromebooks, other devices: November launch, pricing info

Google has unveiled Stadia's first wave of launch titles, launch timing and pricing for the Founder's Edition in a livestream today. As a Stadia Pro subscriber, you'll have a range of free games available, updated regularly, on top of discounts on a further selection of games.

The service could significantly boost returns from Google's huge investments in cloud software and data centers, technology analysts have said. It's hard to say who, realistically, will want to buy games that they can only play streaming over their internet connection. Stadia, though, will let followers of You Tube Creators (another term for streamers or influencers) instantly buy a game the Creator is talking about. It's not clear how many of these games will be included in the subscription, but we will clarify it in this article after the announcement.

Even with Stadia's Pro plan, which costs $10 a month, you're still going to have to buy numerous new games you want à la carte. They've designed a dedicated Stadia controller that connects not to the device you're looking at, but directly to Google's servers via your Wi-Fi connection. 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.


There will be 31 games at launch.

A couple months back at GDC 2019, Google announced their intent to step into the video game streaming market with Stadia.

Google has a list of about 30 games that will be available on Stadia, including Doom Eternal, Get Packed, Thumper, Baldur's Gate III, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Borderlands 3, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, and more.


It will launch on November in 14 countries, one of those is expected to be the UK. Instead, players can instantly load games onto most devices with a screen.

All of this launch confusion certainly isn't helped by Google's phased roll out of Stadia.

That may mean you'll have to watch adverts to be able to play games, but at the moment there's no clear idea of how the free model would be funded. If you're eager to try the service out right away, however, you'll need to purchase the Stadia Founder's Edition. Google also plans to add support its Pixel 3 and 3A smartphones and the Pixel slate tablet in 2020, with more mobile devices to be added in the future. You want people to be excited to use your product as soon as possible, and with competitors like Microsoft's Project xCloud on the horizon, telling those customers to either pay a premium or wait seems like a supremely bad idea.


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