- is a cloud-based video game streaming service, and it's launching this November.
- Stadia, originally announced in March, will come with a free Base option and a $10 Pro version.
- In order to access Stadia, you'll need purchase the or wait until the service becomes more widely available in 2020.
In March, Google announced that it would be entering the world of gaming in a big way—a complete cloud-based gaming platform. The idea is to evolve gaming from physical media, like your DVD collection, to a streaming platform, like Netflix. Of course, Google isn't the first company to attempt this (there's NVIDIA's GeForce Now service, for one), but it could be the company best suited to create a platform that works as seamlessly as possible.
Today, Google revealed some of the finer details of its service during a pre-E3 presentation. The service will launch in November, but there's a caveat. In order to access Stadia, you'll need to pay $130 for the 'Founder's Edition.' Then, in 2020, Google will open up the service to everyone.
The promise of Stadia is exactly where you can play these games, which is seemingly everywhere. Google mentions your Chrome browser, through a Chromecast Ultra connected to your TV, or even a Pixel smartphone (more phones will be supported, Google says). And prices range from free, for the Base subscription, to $10 for the "Pro" subscription.
But what's the difference between the two pricing tiers? The Base edition caps your experience at 1080p but allows you to buy any game you want while the Pro subscription gives you top-notch performance (4k and 6ofps) along with discounts and free monthly games. Google says you'll need 35Mbps to enjoy 4K quality, but that the service will work seamlessly at 720p resolution with just 10Mbps.
Google's also designed a custom controller for the service, called simply the Stadia Controller, which also comes with a capture button and a Google Assistant button. But Google also stresses that any controller/keyboard will be compatible with Stadia, so it's more of a BYOC situation.
But here's where the rubber meets the road—the games. Here are some of the highlight titles that will be available at launch:
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Metro Exodus
- Farming Simulator 19
- Baldur's Gate 3
- Football Manager
- Final Fantasy XV
- Tomb Raider
- Borderlands 3
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Darksiders Genesis
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey
It's likely we'll hear more from developers about Google Stadia games at E3 next week, so stay tuned.