Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Google Stadia games, price and release date revealed

Google Stadia games, price and release date revealed

This package will cost $129.99 and include a Chromecast Ultra, and a Stadia Controller plus three months of Stadia Pro, a three month Buddy pass, and freedom to choose a Stadia name.

Google announced this week their gaming platform, Stadia, will have a limited release in Canada, the USA and a dozen European nations, and a console won't be needed to use their cloud-based service, which can be enjoyed on a TV, desktop, laptop, and even some smartphones.

The limited-edition controller will be Night Blue with a popping orange secondary color on the Stadia-logo face button and underside of the thumbsticks. An active Stadia Pro subscription will also give you "exclusive discounts on games for purchase", Google explained, similar to PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold.

If you want to play Stadia at launch, you'll need to buy a Stadia Pro subscription, which will cost $9.99 per month in the United States and £8.99 per month in the UK.

Games that will be available to play on Stadia at launch include: DOOM Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Metro Exodus, Baldur's Gate 3, Rage 2, the Tomb Raider trilogy, The Division 2, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Borderlands 3, Mortal Kombat 11, and Darksiders Genesis.

Google's cloud gaming service Stadia is launching in November, but the internet and ad giant's intention is to roll it out slowly, and a Pixel 3 and 3a requirement will play a role in how the service is made available.

Stadia Base, which comes out next year, allows users to buy games without subscribing, but does not offer free access to games.

Google has finally released more details about Stadia, its highly-anticipated game streaming platform.

Featuring a curated, rotating roster of games, Arcade titles are downloaded rather than streamed over the net. You also get access to a handful of free games like you do on PlayStation Plus, too, which will be released at regular intervals. They announced 30 titles in all, and it announced partnerships with other studios, like Rockstar Video games, that has not revealed which of their claims will come to the platform. The first free game will be Destiny 2: The Collection. It's worth noting that games purchased under the Pro subscription will remain yours even if you opt to ditch the paid service.

You will need broadband speed of a minimum of 35Mpbs if you want play Stadia games at their best, but a 10Mbps connection will still provide a decent experience. Where the Founder's Edition hardware combo hardware is really useful is for playing on your big screen TV. Bakar commented: "All the games can go on Stadia, there is no constraint".

A service with no monthly fee will launch later, called Stadia Base (translation TBC) sometime in 2020, and won't include any existing titles.

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