Google Stadia game service launching in November for $10 / €10 per month

Kelley Robertson
June 9, 2019

At launch Google are offering a Founder's Edition, which for £119 (one-off) will bundle 3 months of free Stadia Pro access (normally £8.99 per month) and 3 months of Stadia Pro to give away to a friend (Buddy Pass). The Founders Edition bundle also includes a full copy of Destiny 2 as a bundled game (ed: thought I understand Destiny 2 is about to go Free-To-Play), along with whatever games are available as part of the regular Pro subscription. It's out in November in 14 countries - not including India - and will cost $130 (about Rs. 9,000) upfront and then $10 (about Rs. 700) a month post that.

Stadia Pro subscriptions will eventually cost Euro 10 a month and include streaming up to 4K/60fps/HDR in 5.1 surround sound, plus access to a library of free games and exclusive discounts on purchasing games.

Google finally revealed details like pricing and the tech specs required to play games on Stadia. For Stadia Basic users the concept is straightforward: if they buy games on Stadia they can stream them for free at any time, at up to the service's 1080p resolution limit.

Stadia is created to work with most USB or Bluetooth-enabled controllers and will be available to play on most any computers with the Chrome browser installed or on a Pixel 3 or 3a device at launch.

It should have pointed out very clearly that you won't need to buy a £350+ next-gen console for starters. As promised, you'll be able to try it for yourself at home this year-as long as you're willing to pay the price. Now, many fans are certain to be carefully parsing these particulars, and one area may be of considerable interest to some: Google Stadia's data usage.

The big question on many gamers' minds remains how well Google's game streaming technology will work.

The Stadia streaming service will be available in a couple of flavours: Pro and Base. Microsoft is also testing its own cloud gaming service called Project xCloud, which is now undergoing public trials to help reduce latency so there's little to no lag time between the controller and on-screen action. But if you really want to max out Stadia's promise of 4K 60 fps 5.1 Surround Sound, you'll want a 35 Mbps connection. You can not get the Stadia Pro independently this year. It's priced at $129 and available for pre-order now.

For some players, these figures will be of little import, either because they have unlimited data usage or they do not plan to use their Stadia at a level that would exceed their data cap. The work around would be to use Google Chrome and stream via the browser but until we can get hands on, we're unsure how seamless of an experience that will be on mobile.

Though in Netflix's playback settings it still says that its Ultra HD package will typically download around 7GB per hour, so it's quite likely that Stadia won't actually be swallowing down 15.75GB every hour on its top setting.

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