Google Stadia: Prices, games, requirements, etc. All you need to know!

Earlier today La Presse, a French Canadian news outlet, the details for the anticipated Google Stadia platform leaked ahead of the conference which took place at noon EST, June 6, 2019.

Fortunately, the details leaked were accurate. Here’s all you need to know!

Timeline

Stadia is scheduled for launch in 14 countries (including good ol’ Canada) in November of 2019.

Requirements

At launch, Stadia will be supported on (and require the Stadia Controller):

  • TV (Chromecast Ultra required)
  • Desktop (Through Google Chrome)
  • Laptop (Through Google Chrome)
  • Tablets
  • Pixel 3/3a (Through the Stadia app)

More smartphones and devices will be available in the future. In terms of upload and downloads requirements, check out the infographic below.

Prices

  • Founder’s Edition Pack available for pre-order for $169 CAD/$129 US as of today which includes
    • Limited Edition Night Blue Stadia Controller
    • Chromcast Ultra
    • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and Destiny 2: The Collection (Trailer here)
    • Three months worth of subscription for your and a friend;
    • Access to an exclusive Stadia Name;
    • Gives access to a selection of ‘older’ games.
  • Stadia Pro Subscription for $11.99 per month
    • Includes streaming up to 4K/HDR/60fps/5.1 Surround;
    • Free games;
    • Exclusive discounts;
  • Stadia Base Subscription for free
    • Up to 1080p/60fps/Stereo sound;
    • No access to free games.

Games

At launch, the following games have been confirmed to be available among 31 titles:

  • Assassins’ Creed Odyssey from Ubisoft
  • The Division 2 from Ubisoft
  • Destiny 2 from Bungie
  • DOOM: Eternal from Bethesda
  • DOOM 2016 from Bethesda
  • The Crew 2 from Ubisoft
  • Grid from Codemasters
  • FM™
  • The Elder Scrolls: Online from Bethesda
  • Darksiders Genesis from THQ
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid from nWay Games
  • Mortal Kombat 11 from Warner Bros. Entertainment Interactive
  • Trials Rising from Ubisoft
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood from Bethesda
  • Just Dance From Ubisoft
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider from Square Enix
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition from Square Enix
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider from Square Enix
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 from Bandai Namco
  • Final Fantasy XV from Square Enix
  • Metro: Exodus from Deep Silver
  • Samurai Showdown from SNK
  • Rage 2 from Bethesda
  • Football Manager from Sega
  • Borderlands 3 from 2K Games
  • NBA 2K from 2K Games
  • Farming Simulator 19 from Giants Software

Several titles have also been announced as coming to Stadia:

  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint from Ubisoft (Trailer here)
  • Baldur’s Gate III from Larian Studios (Trailer here)
  • Gylt from Tequila Works (Trailer here)
  • Get Packed from Coatsink (Trailer here)

It is important to note that most recent games will require to be purchased in order to have access to them, which means that Stadia would not follow the ‘Netflix’ format that we are used to.

Parting Words

While requiring subscriber to purchase a game in order to play it seems a bit excessive (doesn’t align with the ‘Netflix’ plan we are all used to by now), it seems that experts have been suggesting that Google would have to adopt this format in order to be financially viable. Purchased games would remain available to the players even if they should cancel their subscriptions.

What do you think of all this? Are you excited? Will you subscribe?

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