Today Google unveiled important details about the new Stadia stream service that they introduced last March. These details include the names of the types of games that can be played, the amount you must pay, and when the service will begin.
As announced in March, Google Stadia will allow high-quality PC and console games to be played on any Chrome web browser, ChromeCast Ultra TV device or any Pixel 3 phone via Google's new servers.
In short: Google Stadia will debut in November here, in 14 different territories, including the UK, USA and Canada, with at least 31 games from 21 different game publishers, with Starting price "Founder's Edition" costs 130 USD for the original hardware kit that comes with three months of premium service. The service will then charge $ 10 per month. There is also another line of free subscribers that will be launched in 2020.
Configure server for Stadia service.
Reservation for the "Founder’s Edition" package has now begun.
While many people believe that Stadia will be like a "Netflix game" service, it turns out it's not quite that way. Despite the $ 10 monthly fee, Stadia is basically not a subscription service. The subscription is only for a single game – Destiny 2.
Essentially, Google Stadia is more like a game store, at a price similar to other platforms, like PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and Steam. The only difference is that the playing device platform is expanded. Google game director Jack Buser said: "We will sell these games like any other digital store. "
List of 14 territories will have Stadia at launch.
What games are available at Stadia Store:
– Bandai Namco with Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
– Bethesda with DOOM Eternal, DOOM 2016, Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein, Youngblood.
– Bungie with Destiny 2.
– Coatsink with Get Packed (exclusive on Stadia).
– Codemasters with GRID.
– Deep Silver with Metro Exodus.
– Drool with Thumper
– Electronic Arts with TBD
– Giants Software with Farming Simulator 19
– Larian Studios with Baldur’s Gate 3
– nWay Games with Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
– Sega with Football Manager
– SNK with Samurai Shodown
– Square Enix with Final Fantasy XV, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider
– 2K Games with NBA 2K, Borderlands 3
– Tequila Works with Gylt (exclusive on Stadia)
– Warner Bros. with Mortal Kombat 11
– THQ with Darksiders Genesis
– Ubisoft with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Trials Rising, The Crew 2.
Google said that not all of the games listed above will be introduced during next week's E3 event and as well as when the service was officially launched in November. However, the above list shows that Game publishers are also quite interested in this service, when some of them brought completely new or famous games like Borderlands, Wolfenstein, Doom, Darksiders and Ghost Recon to Stadia.
Game handle for early participants, the Founder's Edition.
However, the game list is still only part of the story, when the quality and stability of Google's service has not been tested in practice. In addition, Google did not say whether Stadia had exclusive titles developed by them.
This is probably the reason why Google calls those who are willing to pay up to $ 130 from the start to be the Founder. With a lower price than a new PS4 or Xbox One, the company also offers its own devices – the Chromecast Ultra to plug into the TV and a gorgeous dark blue controller, limited edition. of Stadia.
Since each device has a retail price of 70 USD, you can see that the fee you pay is quite worthy of what you get, plus being able to choose a special username before others. You will also get 3 months of Stadia Pro service for you and one of your friends – to be able to play on the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3A phone, or on any Chrome browser with the control of HID connection standard. .
Stadia Pro will allow streams with 4K resolution, 60fps, HDR images and 5.1 surround sound – of course if your home network bandwidth is enough to reach 35Mbps. In addition, Stadia Pro allows you to access Stadia's free game catalog, and exclusive discounts for each game. The free subscription line released in 2020 will be limited to 1080p 60fps with stereo audio and requires only 10Mbps of bandwidth to stream at 720p.
As mentioned above, Destiny 2 is the only free game with Stadia's Founder’s Edition package and the only game confirmed by Google that you will not need to purchase separately. But you can only play as long as you pay the $ 10 monthly fee.
Besides being a premium game, Destiny 2 also allows cross-storage between Xbox and PC. Therefore, Stadia's project manager, Andrey Doronichev said, "We are still working with PlayStation to find ways to convert. "
Finally the most important thing is your patience. You may not need to pay up to 130 USD or 10 USD per month for Stadia if you are willing to wait until 2020 to use the service for free. If you wait until this time, you may also not need Google branded hardware to use Stadia.
Mr. Doronichev said, Google's goal is to bring the service to as many devices as possible. Therefore, there may be more Android phones, maybe even Apple TV, Roku and iOS devices can work with Stadia. He adds that there is no specific specification for Android phones to support Stadia, but merely a certification to ensure that the device will provide a good experience.
Refer to The Verge