Google’s ambitious gaming project, Stadia, has finally been presented to the world. Now we have all of the details surrounding the newest gaming service.
Stadia enters the console wars without a console!
Back in March, we talked about Google’s new gaming streaming service they were working on. Today, during their “Stadia Connect” conference, they released the rest of the details.
Yeah, but how much does it cost?
Yes, pricing. It’s one of the nastier points of everything. The good news is that even at its most premium level, Stadia will be significantly cheaper than any other system that’s currently out there, including their monthly services. However, the overall cost depends mostly on the gamer in regards of what route they decide to take. You either need a Google Chromecast Ultra, a PC that has a Google Chrome browser, or one of Google’s Pixel 3 phones.
The Google Chromecast Ultra sells right now at right around $69.00 according to Amazon. Stadia’s controller is priced at $69.00 and will be available in Clearly White, Just Black, and Wasabi.
Stadia’s monthly “Pro” subscription is priced at around $9.99 a month and features the following:
- 4k gameplay
- 60 fps
- 5.1 Surround sound
If you decided to go that route, it would cost you around $148 before taxes. However, Google has a better offer called the Stadia Founder’s Edition. Priced at $129 you get:
- First access to Stadia.
- Chromecast Ultra.
- Limited Edition Night Blue Controller.
- 3 Months of Stadia Pro.
- 3 Months of Stadia Pro for a friend.
- Destiny 2 Complete Edition (With the ability to transfer data from other systems to Stadia).
That’s a pretty good deal at almost $60 cheaper than buying everything separately, and you get the limited edition controller plus 3 months of service for both you and a friend. Google is making it very tempting for new players who would have to pay triple that to get a PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch.
Games available at launch
During the conference, Larian Studios also showed off Baldur’s Gate III for the first time as well as announced it would be one of the titles available to play on Stadia. Speaking of games, the full at-launch list of titles are as follows:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft)
- Borderlands 3 (2K Games)
- Darksiders: Genesis (THQ)
- Destiny 2 (Bungie)
- The Division 2 (Ubisoft)
- DOOM Eternal (Bethesda)
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Bandai Namco)
- The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda)
- Farming Simulator 19 (Focus Home Interactive)
- Final Fantasy 15 (Square Enix)
- Football Manager 2020 (Sega)
- Get Packed (Codesink)
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Ubisoft)
- GRID (Codemasters)
- Gylt (Tequila Works)
- Just Dance 2020 (Ubisoft)
- Metro Exodus (4A Games, Deep Silver)
- Mortal Kombat 11 (WB Games)
- NBA 2K (2K Games)
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid (Lionsgate Games)
- Rage 2 (Bethesda)
- Samurai Shodown
- Thumper (Drool)
- The Crew 2 (Ubisoft)
- Trials Rising (Ubisoft)
- Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider & Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Bethesda)
Rockstar games have also confirmed that Stadia would be providing some of their titles as well, but none have officially been announced as of yet.
You can pre-order the Stadia Founder’s Edition here, starting today. If you’d like to watch the press conference in its entirety please click on the video below.