E3 2019 finally brought us more information on Google Stadia, the upcoming streaming platform. The Connect event revealed lots of hitherto unknown details, such as Stadia’s price, release date, and initial games lineup, as well as a first look at the platform’s buddy pass.
The pass is included in the Stadia Founder’s Edition, and it allows you to give three months of Stadia Pro access to a friend. Now we also know that works across territories, so long as your friend is in one of the countries where Stadia has launched. For example, a US resident could gift their buddy pass to a UK-based friend, since both of those countries will receive Stadia in its launch month of November 2019.
Stadia Pro is the platform’s premium service. It enables 4K video streaming for the games you play. It will also include free access to a selection of games and “exclusive” discounts. It will cost $10 per month in the US, with international pricing yet to be announced.