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Google Stadia - Everything you need to know

Pricing, Release Date, Games and More.

Google Stadia - Everything you need to know

Google Stadia - Everything you need to know

Google has announced the release date, availability and pricing of their Stadia game streaming service, cloud-based gaming offering which is designed to turn any Chrome-powered screen into a viable gaming platform. 

Right now, Google plans to release Stadia this November in 14 different nations, starting with Belgium, Finland, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Availability in more nations will start in 2020. 

To use Stadia, gamers need a Google account and a Stadia Founders Edition or Stadia buddy pass to utilise the service. On PC gamers can use Stadia using their Chrome browser, while TV users can download the Stadia App on the Google Play or Apple App Stores or a Google Chromecast Ultra. PC users can make use of existing controllers, such as the Xbox One/PS4 gamepad or keyboard/mouse, though Google's Stadia controller is preferred. TV users will require Google's Stadia controller. 

The mobile version of Stadia will be limited to Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a phones at launch, though the Stadia app will become available to other Android devices at a later date. 

At launch, Google has already confirmed that Stadia will support over 30 games, which includes newly announced titles like Baldur's Gate III and recent releases like Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and The Division 2. Rockstar Games are reportedly working on a game for Stadia, but it remains unannounced.      

Stadia will be available in the form of Google's Founders Edition bundle at launch, which ships with a Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra. Additionally, the service comes with Destiny 2 Complete Edition, three months of Stadia Pro and a Stadia buddy pass, which will enable your friends to access the service. Stadia Pro will cost $10/£10 per month and give gamers access to 4K 60FPS game streams, though a free version will be available with more limited features. Google's Stadia Pro service will also give gamers access to free titles from time to time, much like Sony's PlayStation Plus and Microsoft's Xbox Live premium services. 

Base access to Stadia will start in 2020, giving gamers free access to the service with streams that support up to 1080p 60FPS gameplay. Players will still need to purchase their games on Google's Stadia platform, but at least the streaming is free.  

For basic 720p streams, Stadia will require 10Mbps download speeds, while 1080p 60FPS streams (with 5.1 surround sound) will require 20Mbps download speeds. Full 4K streams will require 35Mbps download speeds.   

Google Stadia - Everything you need to know  
Google's Stadia Founders Edition service will be available for £119 in the UK, and cost £10 per month after the Founders Edition's included three months subscription lapses. 

You can join the discussion on Google's Stadia gaming platform on the OC3D Forums

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06-06-2019, 20:15:12

NeverBackDown
Not gonna lie, that landing page Google made for this announcement was totally amazing. Learning Web Development and seeing this page amazes me for all the small details they do. Considering it is Google after all I shouldn't be surprised at them being able to make a great design Quote

07-06-2019, 04:43:50

WillSK
If it works well, then I'm quite impressed and tempted to get one Chromecast ultra is about 60 quid so you're paying about 70 for the platform

Only thing which would be nice and I wonder if it'll come is the ability to play beyond 60fps and whether the delay will be noticeable at all to us PC gamers?Quote

07-06-2019, 05:55:20

WYP
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Originally Posted by WillSK View Post
If it works well, then I'm quite impressed and tempted to get one Chromecast ultra is about 60 quid so you're paying about 70 for the platform

Only thing which would be nice and I wonder if it'll come is the ability to play beyond 60fps and whether the delay will be noticeable at all to us PC gamers?
Remember that the £119 founders edition cost is a launch only thing. The free version and generic subscription will come in 2020. Basically, Founders are early access subscribers.Quote

07-06-2019, 08:34:30

Greenback
Founders are the ones who beta test and pay for the privilegeQuote

07-06-2019, 13:22:45

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by WillSK View Post
If it works well, then I'm quite impressed and tempted to get one Chromecast ultra is about 60 quid so you're paying about 70 for the platform

Only thing which would be nice and I wonder if it'll come is the ability to play beyond 60fps and whether the delay will be noticeable at all to us PC gamers?
I'd like to play beyond 60 but they won't allow it for bandwidth reasons. Delay is the most concerning part and i definitely would not want to play multiplayer with this.Quote
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