Google has finally unveiled the important features that were deliberately missing from its March release of the new Google Stadia gaming service. Specifically, what we’re going to play, how much it will cost, and when we can get started with the most awaited new service that includes high-end console and PC games to any Chrome web browser, Chromecast Ultra TV dongle or Pixel 3 smartphone from strong brand-new Google servers.
Google Stadia will launch on November 19th, in 14 different regions including the US, UK, and Canada, with at least 31 games from 21 different publishers, for a starting price of $130 for a device starter kit with three months of premium service, and $10 a month later. There’s a separate free-range coming in 2020.
Google Stadia Gaming Service
If you’re expecting to play Stadia before the end of the year, your biggest opportunity now is the Premiere Edition. (We’ll explain the difference between the two later on.) Google shows us both Founder’s Edition packs and Premiere Edition ones will hopefully dispatch before the end of November, but Google is selling out Stadia kits based on when you placed your order, so not all at once.
What to Know before Pre Order?
You may have heard many rumors that Google’s Stadia will be the “Netflix of games,” it turns out the similarity only goes so far. While Google plans to finally have a backdraft of free games included for your $10 monthly fee, Google Stadia gaming service is not essentially a subscription service. The subscription-only includes a single game as of today, Destiny 2. Originally, Google reveals us you should expect to buy, not lease cloud games for the same local prices you’d find on other platforms like PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Steam.
Stadia Games List
These are some of the games that are expected to be released on Stadia Service:
- Bandai Namco – Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Bethesda: Doom Eternal (delayed till March), Doom 2016, Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Bungie: Destiny 2
- Capcom: TBD
- CD Projekt Red: Cyberpunk 2077
- Coatsink: Get Packed (Stadia exclusive)
- Codemasters: GRID
- Deep Silver: Metro Exodus
- DotEmu: Windjammers 2
- Drool: Thumper
- Electronic Arts: TBD
- Giants Software: Farming Simulator 19
- Gwen Frey: Kine
- Larian Studios: Baldur’s Gate 3
- nWay Games: Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- Robot Entertainment: Orcs Must Die 3!
- Rockstar Games: Red Dead Redemption 2
- Sega: Football Manager 2020
- SNK: Samurai Shodown
- Square Enix: Final Fantasy XV, Marvel’s Avengers, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Superhot Team: Superhot Mind Control Delete
- 2K Games: NBA 2K20, Borderlands 3
- Tequila Works: Gylt (Stadia exclusive)
- Warner Bros.: Mortal Kombat 11
- THQ: Darksiders Genesis, Destroy All Humans
- Ubisoft: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Gods and Monsters, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Trials Rising, The Crew 2, Watch Dogs Legion
Stadia Pro provides 4K, 60fps streaming with HDR and 5.1 surrounds sound feeling you’ve got the needed 35 Mbps of bandwidth, also access to Stadia’s eventual free catalog, and exclusive discounts on games. The free-range launching in 2020 is restricted to 1080p60 with hi-fi sound and needs 10 Mbps of bandwidth to stream at 720p.
What’s the difference between Founder’s edition and Premiere Edition?
Don’t worry if you missed your opportunity to get in on Stadia’s ground floor with the Founder’s Edition. As discussed above, Google plans to sell out many, if not all, of the pre-orders for both the Founder’s Edition and the Premiere Edition by the end of November. So if you want to put your hands on Stadia as soon as possible, you can invest $130 for the Premiere Edition right now.
You have to be patient for the package, which includes a Chromecast Ultra required to run Stadia on a TV and the Stadia controller, to actually arrive before you can start playing. Google does say it plans to dispatch all pre-orders within two weeks of launch.
Other Founder’s benefits that you don’t have with Premiere: the capacity to obtain an early Stadia handle, a partner pass so you can gift three months of access to a friend, and a Founder’s badge next to your account name. There was also an elite dark blue version of the Stadia controller that isn’t sold individually.
What’s New with Stadia Controller?
Google is rolling massively on its own style Stadia controller when the service releases later this month. Now you can plug other HID controllers into laptops, pads, and phones, the Stadia Controller will be the only way to play wirelessly on a TV as if you were using a game console. Luckily, Google says Stadia should support other gamepads for wireless play. At release, you should also be able to use a third-party gamepad like a Sony DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller on a Mac, Chromebook, or PC so long as you plug in the controller directly.