STADIA REVEALED BEFORE E3!
GOOGLE MAKES THE FIRST MOVE ON E3 WEEK
Back in March, Google threw its hat into the cloud gaming ring with the announcement of Google Stadia. While it was in itself a big announcement, gamers were left in the dark as to what exactly Stadia can do. Literally days before E3 2019. Google has let it all hang loose. Let’s break it down.
The actual Stadia doesn’t consist of a “console”. Google did reveal the Stadia Founder’s Edition for $130, which is essentially a Chromecast Ultra dongle that will use Wi-Fi or Ethernet to connect to your various devices to access Chrome. You can use any wireless controller to play the games, but Google does have its own Stadia controller to use with the service; which also comes in the Founder’s Edition. Other than that, Stadia is really just the cloud service streaming games.
Despite being a streaming service, games will need to be purchased (instead of rented as previously hinted) online for about the same price as other vendors. On top of buying the games, Stadia will initially require an active subscription to play any purchased games. The Stadia subscription is $10 a month as of now, but a free subscription will debut in 2020. When the free model launches, games will stream at 1080p 60 fps with Surround sound and the paid subscription will allow for 4K streaming with 5.1 Surround sound. Of course, your bandwidth does affect the specs of streaming. A minimum of 10 Mbps will offer 720p 60 fps streaming in stereo while 4K needs at least 35 Mbps.
Also announced was the game library and the working developers. If you order the Founder’s Edition you not only get the hardware and three months free of the subscription, but you get all of Destiny 2 for free as well (all DLC and patches). Destiny 2 is the only game that will be free with the Stadia and everything else will need to be purchased. Here is the list of all included games:
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Baldur’s Gate 3
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Farming Simulator 19
Final Fantasy XV
Mortal Kombat 11
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Crew 2
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
When Stadia launches all of these games will be ready to play as well. You can order Stadia now and have it by November when it plans to launch. The free subscription service will debut at an unknown time in 2020.
Stadia will be available on all Chrome devices and possibly Android devices down the line.
You can watch the entire Stadia Connect below: