Stadia Game Streaming Platform Unveiled

Stadia Game Streaming Platform Unveiled
Google's cloud-based game steaming service will have a free tier which will launch next year.

(CCM) — Google has finally released more details about Stadia, its highly-anticipated game streaming platform. It will launch in November with a special Founder's Edition for early adopters, with a more general launch called Stadia Base in 2020. Pre-orders for Stadia Founder's Edition start today.

Since Stadia is cloud-based, users are not required to buy high-powered hardware to run games. Instead, all that is required is almost any device which can run Google's Chrome browser, plus a $69 Stadia controller. This uses a Wi-Fi connection to connect to Stadia in the cloud, and consists of a fairly standard gamepad with additional buttons to record onscreen action and to summon Google Assistant for in-game help.

Stadia Founder's Edition costs $130, and includes a controller, a Chromecast Ultra, a three month subscription to Stadia Pro — which offers free games (similar to an Xbox Game Pass) — the possibility of claiming a Stadia Name early, and a three-month Buddy Pass to Stadia Pro for a friend.

The Stadia Base service will be free when it launches next year, but users will have to buy their own controller. It offers unlimited access to games that users have bought, from anywhere on any compatible device, at up to 1080p/60 fps with stereo sound.

Base users can subscribe to Stadia Pro for $10 per month to enhance the Stadia Base service with streaming at up to 4K with HDR in 5.1 stereo, access to free games, discounts on game purchases, and access to the complete Destiny 2 experience for a limited time.

Stadia will be launched in November in the following 14 countries: U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

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