However, Stadia opens up far more opportunity for gaming.
For those who didn't catch the first Stadia Connect, I've embedded the entire presentation below. The reveal left plenty of questions. Stadia Pro, the service's premium subscription model, will cost $9.99 per month. Players will be able to game at 4K with 60fps and 5.1 surround support, and they will be able to purchase games whenever they want. "Stadia Founder's Edition is the first way to get Stadia in November, and we'll be announcing even more games later this summer". Along with the Pro subscription, Google will also be selling games on the service as well, and this will be how both the Stadia Basic service works and how Pro subscribers get access to games not included in the Pro subscription.
Google will be launching its much-rumoured cloud gaming platform, Stadia, in November this year.
However, when you consider that buying a Stadia controller and Chromecast Ultra separately would end up costing about the same as the bundle itself it's really a no-brainer.
Do you need the Founder's Edition to enjoy a Stadia Pro subscription? What we did not know is where or when it will be available. To be honest, this seems to be a way to squeeze some add-on sales out of early adopters.
There will be a "Founder's Edition" of Stadia available for $169 from today.
It will be a launch game for Stadia, and Larian notes that it had to put a team 3x bigger than it's ever seen to make the title.
Other games-newer ones, especially-you'll have to buy.
There will be 31 games at launch. Most importantly, we'll learn what games the cloud service will ship with, although it's likely that the available games for Australians will be much broader - Stadia isn't expected to be available here until next year.
While Google has not announced an exact date for Stadia's launch, it did answer numerous lingering questions from its unveiling in March, including pricing, how the subscription model would work, and which game makers are on board with it. Up to four players can cooperate locally or online to try and move people's possessions out of their homes and into their truck, despite what appeared to be heavy opposition from a world that was out to destroy them. Like a fabulous shooter once said, get psyched! The result is that there's now a lot of ambiguity concerning what will be available at launch and what won't be.
At the core of this problem with ambiguity in a usually non-ambiguous phrase like "at launch", is the fact that Google hasn't actually given us a release date for Stadia yet.
We're looking forward to hearing more!
All of this launch confusion certainly isn't helped by Google's phased roll out of Stadia.
Things will get a bit better in 2020 when Google launches a free tier of Stadia called "Stadia Base".
Gamers like my son that have custom PC rigs specifically for this goal won't likely take Google up on this service.
Another Tom Clancy game, Ubisoft's The Division 2, will be coming to Stadia, with Google cooperating with Ubisoft to help build out the infrastructure required. If that connection's quality drops to 10 mb/s, Stadia will downgrade itself to a 720p stream. Google says the platform will be expanded "to other phones over time" and, presumably, other hardware.
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