Google Stadia launches November 19

Friday, 18 Oct, 2019

"Using the included Chromecast Ultra and Stadia Controller, you'll be gaming in up to 4K HDR with 5.1 surround sound when playing on your TV".

The Founder's Edition package has been available to pre-order since June, but is now sold out in many of Stadia's markets. Unfortunately that means all of your other Stadia-compliant devices, such as those able to run Chrome and Pixel phones, will require a USB cable to operate. Now at its Made by Google event, it was announced that the platform will be made available on November 19.

The official controller for Google Stadia can only be used wirelessly with the company's Chromecast Ultra dongle for the time being.

Gamers can now play their favorite video games with the availability of Apple Arcade, and in less than a month, they can also use Google Stadia if they so choose. Google says that games will be added to the Pro service "regularly", but they're pretty mum on details at the moment. To stream the service, you'll need at least a 10Mbps internet connection, which will render the games at 720p. More phones, including the iPhone, and tablets are slated for later. It also has the Stadia Pro subscription service, which launches with Destiny 2: The Collection, including the Shadowkeep and Forsaken expansions with Annual Passes, Curse of Osiris, and Warmind. However, with Stadia you won't have to worry about owning the necessary hardware to play content. But given that seamless play between different devices is one of the factors that sets Stadia apart from traditional consoles, it's a slight backstep. According to the tech giant, the controller will be compatible with PCs and supported mobile devices, but only as a "standard USB HID controller" when plugged in via a USB cable.