Google Stadia: Here’s What It Can Do Out Of The Box

Google has revealed much more about its Stadia video game streaming service, including price, launch information, and a game lineup. You can get in on the ground floor by getting a Founder’s Edition to launch this November. But if you do put down your money, what you can you expect right out of the box?

The Founder’s Edition is the high-end version of the service and hardware rolled into one package, so if you purchase it you can expect the full functionality of the Stadia service. It will cost you $130, and it’s already available for pre-order. Unlike a traditional console like Xbox or PlayStation, the Founder’s Edition doesn’t include a large hardware box. Instead, it will pack a relatively small Chromecast Ultra streaming dongle and a limited-edition Night Blue Stadia controller–both of which are regularly priced at $70.

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Since Stadia is a streaming service, the real functionality comes through playing online. Right out of the box, the Stadia should be able to stream any game in its library, either through a direct purchase or through the three-month Stadia Pro subscription included in the Founder’s bundle (regularly $10 per month). Stadia Pro allows you to stream at 4K and 60fps with 5.1 surround, and it includes a rotating library of free games. One of those games is Destiny 2, with all previous expansions and an annual pass to include the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion. If you’ve already started Destiny 2 elsewhere, you can import your character to Stadia.

A separate Stadia Base tier won’t launch into 2020. That version will be able to play games at 1080p with stereo sound, and there is no subscription fee. You can just buy your games a la carte, similar to any other digital marketplace, and play them through the cloud. This can be done on any Chrome browser, and you can use most existing controllers or purchase a Stadia controller separately.

Any game in the Stadia launch library will be available to stream on day one. Google has already announced a partial list of its launch games, which you can see below. The company has suggested that more launch games will be announced at a later date, including some from Capcom, EA, and Rockstar.

For more on Google Stadia, check out our wrap-up of all the news out of the recent event.

Google Stadia Launch Games

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Borderlands 3
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Destiny 2
  • Doom 2016
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Football Manager
  • Get Packed
  • GRID
  • Gylt
  • Just Dance
  • Metro Exodus
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • NBA 2K
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Rage 2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Crew 2
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Author: GameSpot

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