The Google game streaming service, Stadia, will launch this November. And if you want to get involved day one, you’ll need to purchase the ‘Founders Edition’ for $129.99 (£119).
The ‘Founders Edition’ will get you a limited edition ‘Night Blue’ controller, a 3 month Stadia Pro subscription (more on this shortly), a Buddy Pass (3 month Stadia Pro subscription for a friend), first pick of a Stadia name, and, most importantly, a Chromecast Ultra, to allow 4K and HDR streaming.
The November launch will only be available in the following countries; US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. With more to be added early next year.
The previously mentioned Stadia Pro subscription will cost $9.99 (£8.99) a month and will be required to stream games in 4K/60fps with HDR and 5.1 audio.
The expectation is that you will still purchase individual games in much the same way as you do now. But they have announced there will be a free version of Destiny 2 at launch and ‘other unannounced games’ will be added to the subscription over time.
Initially the Founders Edition will be the only way to get involved in the new service, with the free ‘Stadia Base’ tier due to launch at some point in 2020. This free offering will allow games to be streamed in 1080p/60fps with stereo audio and allows you to play any individual games you have purchased.
So, what exactly will you be playing on this revolutionary new service? Glad you asked. Here’s a handy rundown of everything that’s currently announced.
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Borderlands 3
- The Crew 2
- Darksiders Genesis
- Destiny 2
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Doom 2016
- Doom Eternal
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Farming Simulator 19
- Final Fantasy XV
- Football Manager
- Get Packed (by developer Coatsink)
- Gylt (by developer Tequila Works)
- Just Dance
- Metro Exodus
- Mortal Kombat 11
- NBA 2K
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- Rage 2
- Samurai Shodown
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Trials Rising
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Unannounced titles from Capcom, EA, and Rockstar are also promised.
Everything listed above has been promised for launch in November, with the list surely growing over the coming months in the run-up.
So there you have it. Only time will tell if this really is the future of gaming or another short-lived experimental Google service.