This week Google held their first Google Stadia Connect which livestreamed details of the upcoming streaming gaming platform Stadia. During this broadcast further details were unveiled including the developers/titles that are on-board, pricing and release window.
Google Stadia Launch Revealed for November Along with Games and Pricing
A lot of details were shared during the Google Stadia Connect broadcast which outlined the pricing plan as well as the 14 territories it that available upon launch in November. US, UK and Canada will be among the first regions to gain Stadia. There will be 31 games from 21 publishers for those who purchase a Founder’s Edition, which will be available for $130 which includes a Chromecast Ultra for your TV and a limited edition dark blue Stadia controller. This edition will also come with 3 months of premium service with a monthly fee of $10 then after. There will also be a different free tier version coming later in 2020.
While you may be thinking that Stadia is a subscription service similar to that of what Netflix is to movies, you’d be half right. To begin with Stadia will only have Destiny 2 on their subscription list, in future they will add a back catalog of free games included in the $10 a month fee. They also plan to sell games “like any other digital storefront” according to Google’s director of games Jack Buser. So far there are a number of studios that are going to be available on the platform.
- Bandai Namco – Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Bethesda – DOOM Eternal, DOOM 2016, Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Bungie – Destiny 2
- Capcom – TBD
- Coatsink – Get Packed (Stadia exclusive)
- Codemasters – GRID
- Deep Silver – Metro Exodus
- Drool – Thumper
- Electronic Arts – TBD
- Giants Software – Farming Simulator 19
- Larian Studios – Baldur’s Gate 3
- nWay Games – Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- Rockstar Games – TBD
- Sega – Football Manager
- SNK – Samurai Shodown
- Square Enix – Final Fantasy XV, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- 2K Games – NBA 2K, Borderlands 3
- Tequila Works – Gylt (Stadia exclusive)
- Warner Bros. – Mortal Kombat 11
- THQ – Darksiders Genesis
- Ubisoft – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Trials Rising, The Crew 2
This is the list so far according to Google, who will be announcing more titles during E3 2019 next week as well announcing more as they get closer to their November launch. Probably some of the most interesting titles includes Baldur’s Gate 3 which was revealed during the Connect, online titles such as Final Fantasy XV or Elder Scrolls Online as it will be interesting to see how well an MMORPG will perform fully through a streaming platform.
So what kind experience will gamers be getting? Stadia Pro will give 4K, 60 FPS streaming with HDR and 5.1 surround sound based on a 35Mbps connection. So far Destiny 2 is the only free title that will come with the Stadia Founder’s Edition, and it will let you use cross-save functionally meaning you can carry on playing even if you started on Xbox or PC. This title will only remain free as long as you continue paying the $10 month subscription.
Those in the US can get a Founder’s Edition for $129.00, a monthly subscription of Stadia Pro for $9.99 and an extra Stadia Controller will cost $69.00. Founders will also be able to experience Stadia Pro tier service for themselves and a friend, which means they too can play using a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3A phone, or by using a Chrome web browser and any HID controller.
Introducing the Stadia Founder’s Edition. A $300 value for just $129.
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) June 6, 2019
If you don’t want to shell out for a Founder’s Edition or Stadia Pro, you can wait for the free tier option coming in 2020, which will have a limited 1080p60, stereo sound and will require at least 10Mbps bandwith to stream at 720p. Not all the features that were outlined at Google’s GDC 2019 press conference will be coming at launch, but more details will be on the way.
For more news be sure to read next Baldur’s Gate 3 Confirmed By Larian and Blasphemous A 2D Non-Linear Platformer Releases This Year. To learn more about all previously announced Stadia features find them here in Google Reveals Their Cloud Gaming Platform Stadia.