Google Stadia Launched

Google Stadia’s streaming service is set at $9.99 per month for a November release

Finally, Google has confirmed that Stadia Pro, the premium subscription model of the service, will launch at $9.99 per month in November.

It’s not quite a “Netflix for games,” but for their service, Google Stadia is producing an aggressive sale aimed at killing game consoles.

We received the complete rundown this afternoon in the company’s livestream release ahead of next week’s E3 on Google’s Stadia game-streaming platform. The Stadia platform allows you to play console-quality games on the Chrome browser across a variety of devices.

For those unaware, at the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Google announced its new cloud-based gaming platform’ Stadia.’ The search giant had shown titles from the Doom and Assassin’s Creed franchises back then, but the event did not reveal any cost or precise release date.

The whole concept behind Stadia’s introduction is to allow customers to play console-level games online without having to own costly gaming PCs or video game console systems.

The $9.99 monthly subscription will allow you to stream up to 4 K HDR games at 60fps (frames per second) with 5.1 sound gaming on your TV (Chromecast Ultra needed), desktop, tablet and smartphone (beginning with Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a). It will also provide access to “periodic material added to your library,” Google claims, adding more phones and tablets in time.

So you likely wonder: which games are on board and which game studios? I’m no longer going to leave you in suspense.

  • 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

In addition, Stadia Pro subscribers will also receive Destiny 2 and all its expansions, the upcoming expansion of Shadowkeep, as well as an annual pass to play the Bungie game for a limited time as one of the first free services offerings. It will also allow your Guardian personality or a secure from another platform to be transferred to Destiny 2’s Stadia version instead.

It is anticipated that more matches will be added to Stadia Pro as time goes by. Games not part of the subscription must be bought individually at their retail price. It is also anticipated that titles from Capcom, Electronic Arts and Rockstar Games will be announced on Stadia shortly.

“The approach was to demonstrate that Stadia was a excellent platform all over the globe for very big triple-A game developers as well as smaller indie developers,” said Jack Buser, Stadia’s director of game development. “We wanted to demonstrate that Stadia could manage any kind of match, no matter how fast-paced, how high-definition, no issue,” he said.

All you need to play is a Google Chrome phone or a Chromecast Ultra. You will also need a Stadia controller that can be bought for $69 or you can connect to any non-Google game controller that connects your computer or the configuration of your mouse and keyboard.

From a bandwidth view, to stream games on your computer, you will need a powerful internet connection. Google suggests:

Google Stadia Launches

*10 Mbps for stereo gaming 720p/60fps

* 20 Mbps for 1080p HDR/60fps/5.1 audio channel

* 35 Mbps for 4 K HDR/60fps/5.1 audio channel

The Stadia Originators Edition from Google Store can be preordered by those interested in Stadia. The Inventors Edition will be released in November 2019 and cost $129.99. It comes with a special edition Night Blue controller, a Chromecast Ultra (needed to play on your large screen TV in 4 K HDR at 60fps), three months of Stadia Pro membership, exclusive Stadia Name, three-month buddy pass, and entry to Destiny 2: The Collection.

In 2020, Stadia Base, a free version of the service, will only support 1080p, 60 fps, stereo sound game streaming on your smartphone or Pixel PC. You will still be able to play already bought games on Stadia Base in case you cancel your Stadia Pro subscription.

Today we received some responses, but what Google is doing with multiplayer titles is the question that was still painfully uncertain. The Company tells about multiplayer “please remain tuned for information.”

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