After teasing an announcement that “couldn’t wait for E3,” Google unveiled more details for their upcoming Google Stadia game platform during the first Stadia Connect — a Nintendo Direct style video series. Stadia head Phil Harrison answered some of the biggest questions after the initial reveal three months ago, including pricing, launch window, games, and a Founder bundle.
Coming in November, no official date yet, but rumors peg it on November 14th, Stadia will offer both a subscription service and a-la-carte purchasing of games. The subscription, called Stadia Pro, is $9.99 per month and will let players stream games all the way up to 4k HDR and 60 FPS. The Stadia website notes that you can still buy games whenever you want and receive a discount. It looks like if you cancel your Stadia Pro subscription, you won’t be able to play any games unless you’ve purchased them. A-la-carte purchases, called Stadia Base, will let you stream up to 1080p with 60 FPS and be the price of the respective title and launch sometime next year.
Harrison reiterated that Stadia will work on a variety of devices, including Chromecast Ultra for TVs; laptops, desktops, and tablets through a Chrome internet browser tab; and finally Google Pixel Phones through the Stadia App, though he did mention that more phones will come in the future. You can use the Google Controller and “other supported controllers,” though it wasn’t revealed which controllers are currently supported.
Google Stadia will work with a variety of connection speeds. The minimum is 10 Mbps for 720p with 60 FPS, 20 Mbps for 1080p, and 35 Mbps for 4k streaming. You can test your connection on Stadia’s website. Since the brunt of the work is being done on Google’s servers, rather than your device, Google also touted that there won’t be a need for downloads, patches, or installs, just being able to jump right into the games.
As for the games, We’ve previously known that Doom Eternal is set to launch on Stadia, but Harrison introduced a batch of titles set to launch with the service. Harrison announced an exclusive reveal of Baulder’s Gate 3, coming from Larian Studios. The team previously worked on the Divinity Original Sin series and gushed about Stadia. Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Gylt, Get Packed (oddly enough, the trailer had 2020 at the end), The Division 2, and Destiny 2 — which comes packed in the Founders Bundle — were highlighted early in the presentation. A video package at the end showcased Mortal Kombat 11, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Final Fantasy XV, Rage 2, and what looked to be every third-party game that you can imagine.
The Stadia Founder’s Edition is priced at $129 and is available for pre-orders starting now in limited quantities. The bundle pack includes a limited edition Midnight Blue controller, a Chromecast Ultra, three months of Stadia Pro for you and a friend, the ability to choose your Stadia Name, plus the “complete experience” of Destiny 2, which includes the base game plus all the expansions and season pass. The new Destiny 2 Shadowkeep expansion was also shown with cross-save progress announced, so you don’t have to replay the entire game again if you want to play the game on Stadia. Individual controllers will cost $69. Google also says this bundle has a $300 value. The Stadia Founder’s Edition is available in 14 countries, including the U.S, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and more.
That’s a lot of Google Stadia news, and the message is clear that Google wants you to play games no matter what device you choose or where you choose to play. While the service sounds impressive, the proof will be in the pudding as they say. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all Stadia news as it comes, so for more, keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers.