Just before E3 2019, Google has finally announced more details for Google Stadia, its video game streaming service. The service will launch this November in a limited capacity and expand next year with a two-tiered strategy. One of these tiers includes a subscription, but what is it and what does it include?
The subscription plan is called Stadia Pro, and it will cost $10 per month. It includes access to a library of games, discounts on full game purchases, and all games will run in 4K at 60fps with 5.1 surround sound. For a limited time after launch, it will also grant you full access to Destiny 2 with all of its add-ons, including the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion. Google hasn’t detailed how many games will be included with a subscription, or how often they’ll rotate.
At first, Stadia Pro will only be available with the Founder’s Edition, but it will become available to purchase separately at a later date. The Founder’s Edition also includes a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro, a Buddy Pass that gifts three months to a friend, a Chromecast Ultra and a limited-edition controller. The Founder’s Edition will cost $130.
A Stadia Pro subscription will be the only way to play Stadia at first, but not forever. A separate Stadia Base service will launch in 2020. That service will be free, but games will have to be purchased a la carte. The resolution and sound quality will be slightly diminished too, at a max of 1080p and stereo sound. It won’t include a Chromecast Ultra, but you can play on any Chrome browser or a Pixel 3 or 3a phone.
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