Google Stadia Connect Event Confirms Subscription Details, Founder’s Edition for November Release
Thursday's Google Stadia event confirmed that the service will launch with a paid subscription, though recent games will be bought separately.
Those anticipating Google’s vision of the game streaming future finally learned more about the nitty-gritty regarding Google Stadia in the Stadia Connect event. As many anticipated (and confirmed by a leak beforehand), those wanting to participate in the Stadia festivities at launch will need to purchase a subscription. The “Stadia Pro” subscription will go for $9.99 USD a month and will include regular releases of free games.
A “Founder’s Edition” of Google Stadia will include the Night Blue controller, a Chromecast Ultra with 4K capabilities, Destiny 2, and three months of Pro subscription, along with a “buddy pass” with the subscription for a friend or family member. The Founder’s Edition will also include the option for players to claim their own unique Stadia name, with no numerical identifier attached to it.
There will also be a free “Stadia Base” subscription starting next year, which will allow for 1080p gaming, as opposed to the “Pro” plan that touts 4K and 60 frames-per-second gameplay. Additionally, the Base subscription won’t include free games or come with discounts on select titles, with customers buying all games a la carte.
In terms of internet requirements, prospective players will have to make sure that their network is down for 10mbps in download/1mbp in upload at the minimum, with 35mbps required for 4K “optimal comfort.” The games line-up will consist of 31 games, amongst them Destiny 2, Baldur’s Gate 3, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and Mortal Kombat 11.
As pitched in the initial Google Stadia reveal event, players will be able to experience their games on television through Chromecast and desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices that have Google Chrome. Google only mentioned Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL devices for mobile support, leading me to wonder if support for iOS and other devices and software won’t be at launch.
Google was careful with the wording regarding this event, saying they would unveil “launch info,” which didn’t explicitly include any exact release date for the Google Stadia service. Per Twitter, Stadia will launch sometime in November, in these select countries.
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) June 6, 2019