Google Stadia The Details & Price Revealed

Google Stadia

Google Stadia has finally come down off the cloud and we got to see a bit more of the Google games strategy yesterday. Now we know a lot more about cost, games, and hardware expectations.

For anybody that has been blissfully unaware of the hype train rolling through the American internet giant’s HQ, the Stadia is Google’s answer to gaming services like PlayStation Now and Shadow. It provides a streaming service for video games, dispensing with the need for PC master race hardware and replacing it with a subscription fee. There’s not so much need for RGB accessories when you can play on TV, PC, and your phone. That’s not quite the end of it, however.

Early Access

If you want to be in the first wave of users to adopt the brand new streaming service, the chocolate factory will want a cool $130 dollars to jump on board the hype train. This will nab you a Stadia Founder’s Edition pack that will let you play using the Stadia Pro service as early as November 2019.

The Stadia Founder’s Edition is the first step in Google’s rollout of the Stadia platform and comes with

  • Three months of Stadia Pro
  •  A Buddy Pass that allows you to give a friend three months of Stadia Pro
  • The exclusive Night Blue Stadia Controller
  • A Stadia Controller Power adapter
  • A Google Chromecast Ultra
  • A Google Chromecast Ultra Power adapter with an Ethernet port
  • Founder’s Stadia Name
  • Founder’s Badge

The full break down of the Founder’s Edition can be found on the Google FAQ.

For anybody who isn’t able to shell out for early access, the free Stadia Base service goes live sometime in 2020. To utilize the Stadia games platform you will need some games and it doesn’t look like your Steam mountain of shame is coming with you either. Google’s online service is launching a hybrid system that will allow gamers to either subscribe to its Pro subscription model or buy individual games for the Stadia Base. A massive array of games are already confirmed for the Google Stadia, although pricing isn’t concrete yet. This includes:

  • Balder’s Gate 3
  • Ghost Recon: Breakout
  • Gylt
  • Get Packed
  • The Division 2
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Doom
  • Doom Eternal
  • Tomb Raider Trilogy
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Darksiders Genisis
  • Metro Exodus
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

These are just the game’s I was able to pin down. Even more will be unveiled at E3, according to Stadia’s social media.

The Stadia’s subscription-based service will only allow access to a subset of these games and will allow gamers who plug into 4K gaming at 60 Frames per second if you have the bandwidth. The streaming service will be able to chew through hundreds of Gigabytes of data an hour. So you’ll need a pretty impressive data package to go with your $10 per month subscription. In addition to this, newer games will be available on a purchase only model that allows players on Stadia Base to buy and play at 1080p and 60FPS. It’s a bizarre model that seems almost like the Onlive finance approach of old and that never really took off. It also indicates that a brand new game at 4K is going to include both an upfront cost and a Pro subscription.

Tech

Finally, if you have the money and the data then you’ll need to meet the basic setup requirements. A Stadia controller is a prerequisite on PC, TV, and mobile. This will set gamers back another $70 and then there are the rest of the requirements below:

On a TV
A Google account
Not compatible with Google for Work, Google for Education, and certain other managed Google accounts
Stadia Founder’s Edition or a Stadia Buddy Pass and a Stadia Controller
Google Chromecast Ultra
The Stadia app (available on Google Play or in the Apple App Store)
The Android version requires a mobile device running Android 6.0 or greater
The iOS version requires an iOS device running iOS 11.0 or greater
A reliable internet connection (10 Mbps or greater is recommended)

On a computer
A Google account
Not compatible with Google for Work, Google for Education, and certain other managed Google accounts
Stadia Founder’s Edition or a Stadia Buddy Pass
A computer with a recent version of Chrome browser
Update your Google Chrome browser if needed
The Stadia app (available on Google Play or in the Apple App Store®)
The Android version requires a mobile device running Android 6.0 or greater
The iOS version requires a mobile device running iOS 11.0 or greater
A reliable internet connection (10 Mbps or greater is recommended)
A Stadia Controller, a mouse, and keyboard, a Playstation® DualShock® 4 Controller, an Xbox One® Controller, or another supported controller.

On a phone
A Google account
Not compatible with Google for Work, Google for Education, and certain other managed Google accounts
Stadia Founder’s Edition or a Stadia Buddy Pass
A Pixel 3 or Pixel 3a phone
The Stadia app (available on Google Play)
The Android version requires a mobile device running Android 6.0 or greater
A reliable internet connection (10 Mbps or greater is recommended)
A Stadia Controller, a PlayStation DualShock® 4 Controller, an Xbox One Controller, or another supported controller

We’ve been pretty early adopters of cloud gaming platform here at Gamespace and MMORPG. We’ve got plenty of PlayStation Now users and have even covered the rise of the Shadow desktop. With the requirement to drop your existing clutch of games buy a new set of hardware that is tied to one service and chew through a sizeable chunk of data to do one specialist job, its unclear whether this new Google product is any better than just shelling out for a games console to sit in the corner or buying a Shadow style gaming pc that will work with your own aging hardware and games library. Keep your eyes here for more details as E3 unravels next week.

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For those of you who I’ve not met yet, my name is Ed. After an early indoctrination into PC gaming, years adrift on the unwashed internet, running a successful guild, and testing video games, I turned my hand to writing about them. Now, you will find me squawking across a multitude of sites and even getting to play games now and then

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