Heaps of details about Google’s Stadia, a free online-only platform agnostic cloud gaming service, have been revealed.
The biggest surprise is this is not primarily a subscription gaming-on-demand service, rather it will sell games like any other digital storefront (ala Steam, Epic, Xbox Live, etc.). However it will include a paid ‘Pro’ service that offers some free titles and higher visual fidelity when you play the games you own.
The free base service, which is set to launch sometime in 2020, only supports 1080p at 60 fps with stereo sound game streaming. The Pro service, which will cost $9.99 a month and launches earlier, gives gamers access to 4K HDR at 60 FPS with surround-sound game streaming along with free games accessible as long as membership is maintained.
Initially more than 30 games will be available from over 20 publishers. At launch, Stadia will allow people to play supported games on a television through a Chromecast Ultra, on any computer via a Chrome browser, or on a Pixel 3 or 3a phone. Support for more phones is coming down the line.
Users need to have at least a 10Mbps connection to play games at 720p at 60fps. To achieve 4K 60fps, you’ll need 35Mbps minimum. Stadia will also have exclusive titles in its launch window and beyond.
Stadia will initially only be available in 14 countries: United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. More regions will be added starting in 2020.
The service initially launches with a ‘Founder’s Edition’ price of $130 for a hardware starter kit along with three months of premium service. Launch titles include “DOOM Eternal,” “Rage 2,” “Wolfenstein: Youngblood,” “Destiny 2,” “Metro Exodus,” “Thumper,” the “Tomb Raider” trilogy, “Borderlands 3,” “Mortal Kombat 11,” “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint,” ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division 2,” “Trials Rising” and many more.
The controller will be available to purchase as a standalone for $69 in Clearly White, Just Black, and Wasabi. It supports both dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2 and features a headset jack, interchangeable Li-ion batteries, and a USB-C port for charging, wired gameplay, and accessory support.
Source: The Verge