Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Google Stadia launches in November but pricing sounds like a mess

Google Stadia launches in November but pricing sounds like a mess

The Stadia Founder's Edition bundle is exclusively available through the Google Store, which is also the only place to buy extra Stadia controllers at launch. Stadia Base game performance will max out at 1080p with stereo sound, which means players craving a truly high-end experience will be forced to subscribe to the Pro service.

If Stadia will require a Chromecast Ultra and Google's Stadia controller at launch, the service will become available on all PCs with Google Chrome starting next year.

According to the leak (which is all in Canadian dollars), the base subscription will run you C$11.99 per month (so maybe $10 US). What price is dignity? The Pro service that is launching this year is priced at $9.99/month (once the Founders Edition trial service period expires), and combines a mix of free games with access to higher quality streaming.

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.

Google's Stadia game-streaming service launches in November with a monthly subscription option, but you'll have to pay up to be among the first to enjoy it.

Google might offer some additional details when the Stadia stream gets underway in a little bit. Stadia, though, will let followers of You Tube Creators (another term for streamers or influencers) instantly buy a game the Creator is talking about.

What Google didn't reveal during the show - it's buried in the FAQ - is that "To access Stadia in 2019, you'll need to purchase a bundle".

A Stadia Pro subscription will also include access to "an ever-expanding library of games", which will presumably be free.

But there were a slew of tiny details that also came out in the presentation, through the official website, and as part of some of the FAQ's created by Google Stadia.

Includes: Allows for up to 4K/60 fps HDR with 5.1 surround sound (provided your bandwidth can handle it), as well as select free games and discounts on games to purchase. Preorders will also reserve spots to get first pick at in-game user names. Granted, game streaming and video streaming aren't the same thing and game streaming is admittedly a more intensive process, but if there's any company out there that has to infrastructure to handle an influx of new users, it's Google. This is a problem virtually any popular multiplayer game vendor can relate to - everyone wants to play right away - and due to Stadia's hardware requirements, Google can't just spin up more instances like they can over their generalized server infrastructure.

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