Google Set to Reveal Games, Pricing and Launch Date for the Stadia

Google Set to Reveal Games, Pricing and Launch Date for the Stadia

Google Set to Reveal Games, Pricing and Launch Date for the Stadia

Though the scale of how many game titles are exclusive to one particular platform has certainly dwindled over the years, exclusives still exist. Google revealed today that the bundle will include a three months buddy pass for the Stadia Pro susbcription you can gift it to a friend.

Those were the big ones highlighted in the Stadia Connect stream today, but there are also a bunch more coming to Stadia at launch, too, including Borderlands 3, Darksiders Genesis, Rage 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, The Elder Scrolls Online, Metro Exodus, Final Fantasy XV, Mortal Kombat 11, Dragonball Xenoverse 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Crew 2, Just Dance 2020, Thumper, NBA 2K, Football Manager, Grid, Farming Simulator 19, and, of course, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Doom Eternal.

It's expected that Stadia will remove barriers to the gaming industry as it cuts consumer costs, download time, and hardware or connectivity limitations. The makers of leading consoles have their own subscription services as well, while Apple plans one this fall. Google did not say how big the discounts would be.

Confused? You can also turn it on its head and think of it this way: Everyone can create a Stadia account (but not until 2020) and start purchasing games from the store. And just like other streaming platforms, at any time they can take a product off the service. For all the talk of lowering the barriers to console-quality games, prospective players don't seem to have a problem buying an actual gaming system and avoiding the vagaries of streaming.

Those speeds might not be staggering but what sets Stadia apart is that you'll need to be connected to even run the game, not just to connect to some server for authentication or leaderboard data. Casual gamers, meanwhile, might be confused by a monthly subscription package that still requires players to buy games individually.

As for Stadia's launch lineup, it includes plenty of games that are already available or on the way to other platforms.

Limited device support at launchAt launch in November 2019, Stadia will be supported on Chromecast Ultra, a PC with a Chrome browser (HTML5 support required) and Pixel 3/3a.

Still, there's hope for Google, analysts say.

Stadia Pro will be available in Belgium, Finland, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the USA.

Stadia Pro also allows members to access the full Destiny 2 experience including the base game, previous add-ons and all DLC up to and including Shadowkeep. An optional Stadia controller will sell for $69.

The Wi-Fi-enabled controller has a button that lets players tap Google Assistant to ask questions about the games being played.

Sony offers a PlayStation Now streaming service that's $20 for a one-month subscription or $45 for three months. Basic users, on the other hand, are capped at 1080p at 60fps, all with stereo sound.

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