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Google Stadia cloud gaming announces availability, pricing, and games

Google is officially entering the gaming market with Stadia, its cloud-based gaming service. Here are a few more information about the company's new service.
Google Stadia cloud gaming - Pricing, Games and Availability
Google Stadia cloud gaming - Pricing, Games and Availability

Gaming on the cloud with Google Stadia

Google Stadia Base and Google Stadia Pro
Google Stadia Base and Google Stadia Pro

Google Stadia was first teased last March. After a couple of months, the company followed through with their promise of more information about the product.

First off, Stadia will become available in November in few select countries first including the USA, Belgium, Finland. Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Google Stadia Founder's Edition
Google Stadia Founder's Edition

Two service tiers were also revealed for the cloud gaming platform. Stadia Base is free while Stadia Pro will cost USD 9.99 a month. The Base tier will only be available in 2020 while Pro will only be available if your purchase the Stadia Founder's Edition bundle for USD 129.

It is already up for pre-order on the Google Store which includes a limited edition Night Blue controller, a Chromecast Ultra, a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro and access to the Destiny 2: The Collection. You also get a Buddy Pass so you can give a friend three months of Stadia Pro too.

Stadia Base vs Stadia Pro

Stadia Base will allow you to play games at 1080p and stereo sound. Stadia Pro, for USD 9.99  a month, allows you to play at 4K HDR at 60fps with 5.1 surround sound audio. That is if you have fast enough internet connection which is said to be a minimum of 35 Mbps connection for that juicy 4K HDR game experience. 5 Mbps is the bare minimum while 10Mbps is the recommended speeds to play games smoothly at lower resolutions.

Stadia Base and Stadia Pro does not come with any games. Yes, even with the USD 9.99 monthly subscription with Pro, you still need to pay for the games you want to play. However, as with other gaming subscriptions, Google promised that Pro will have free games released regularly as well as exclusive discounts.

The Games

Desitiny 2 and 30 more games revealed as launch titles
Desitiny 2 and 30 more games revealed as launch titles

31 titles were revealed for the Google Stadia. These are:

  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Doom Eternal
  • Doom (2016)
  • Rage 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • Destiny 2
  • Get Packed
  • Grid
  • Metro Exodus
  • Thumper
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Baldur's Gate III
  • Power Rangers: Battle of the Grid
  • Football Manager
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • NBA 2K Series
  • Borderlands 3
  • Gylt
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • Just Dance
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • The Division 2
  • Trials Racing
  • The Crew

Those are some big hitters there. AAA titles are jumping in which bodes well for the Stadia's future. You will be able to use Stadia on computers in Chrome, TVs with Chromecast Ultra, and smartphones. At launch, the only smartphones that will work with it are the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, 3a and 3a XL.

The Stadia controller is priced at USD 69 with three colors called Just Black, Clearly White and Wasabi.

What do you guys think?

Source: GSMArena
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