To Try Google Stadia at Launch, You'll Need to Fork Over $129

Kelley Robertson
June 7, 2019

Up until today, very little was known about the actual details of the service.

Since Google first announced Stadia as its cloud gaming platform, there have been questions surrounding the game library and the business model.

Google will offer a subscription for the main Stadia service, called Stadia Pro, coming in at $9.99 a month. Stadia, though, will let followers of You Tube Creators (another term for streamers or influencers) instantly buy a game the Creator is talking about.

You can also get Stadia without the Pro subscription via the Stadia Base which gives you access to the service on a per-game basis, meaning you can simply pay for the game you want to play individually.

Google will be launching its much-rumoured cloud gaming platform, Stadia, in November this year. Destiny 2 is now the only game included with the subscription.

In order to use Stadia at launch, you will need a Chromecast. Quality ranges from 60FPS 4K HDR with 5.1 audio with 35mbps connections down to 720p 60FPS stereo for 10mbps connections.

Still, Google is hinting at some pretty big plans for Stadia in 2020.

After all the technical details, we have the all-important game lineup.

What are the launch games again?

Owners will also be able to experience local multiplayer play for games that have previously required two consoles or two PCs. Support for current Google devices, such as Pixel 3 and 3a and Pixel Slate will come in 2020. The company will be releasing a Stadia controller, however, other USB controllers, along with mouse and keyboards, can be used. Of course, a normal old mouse and keyboard will be supported.

If you're really keen on Stadia, you can splurge for a $129 Founder's Pack, which gets you a Stadia Controller, a Chromecast Ultra (for playing on a TV), 3 months of Pro and a buddy pass for giving a friend a 3-month subscription of their own.

If you're wanting to get in on the action asap and want to pick up some perks in the process, Stadia is offering preorders for the Founder's Edition which includes an exclusive Midnight Blue version of the controller. The Stadia Controller will be available separately for $70 in Clearly White, Just Black, and Wasabi colors. There's Stadia Base, where you'll just pay for the games themselves like you would on Steam or any other gaming store, and there's Stadia Pro, which will be a subscription service costing $9.99 per month in the U.S. or £8.99 per month in the UK.

Google Stadia will launch in November in this countries: Belgium, Finland, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the USA.

If Stadia Pro sounds too expensive, fear not.

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