Google Stadia Gaming Service Revealed
A Stadia Pro subscription gives you 5.1 surround sound, completely free games, exclusive discounts, and 4K resolution for $9.99 a month.
To make it simple, Google Stadia makes it possible to play modern games on any screen that you own. Google’s servers will take over all processing power and deliver it to you via the cloud.
You won’t have to worry about any installations or downloads. If your device supports Google Chrome, it will support Google Stadia. When Google Stadia is released, it will support your:
- TV (using a Chromecast Ultra)
- Smartphone (starting with Pixel 3 and 3a models)
The constantly growing library of Google Stadia games already looks impressive. Here’s the full list of the games confirmed by Google:
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Doom Eternal
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Destiny 2
- Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Metro Exodus
- Samurai Shodown
- Football Manager 2020
- Get Packed
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Crew 2
- The Division 2
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Trials Rising
- NBA 2K
- Borderlands 3
- Farming Simulator 19
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Rage 2
- Final Fantasy 15
- Tomb Raider Trilogy
- Darksiders Genesis
- Just Dance 2020
When can we expect Google Stadia?
In its earliest, you can get Google Stadia in November 2019 but you’ll have to purchase the Stadia Founder’s Edition. If you’d like to purchase some Base option, it will be available in 2020.
Here’s a list of the supported countries at the moment (more territories are planned to be added also in 2020):
What is Google Stadia Controller?
The Stadia Controller isn’t required to play on Google Stadia, which supports a wide range of controllers as well as a mouse and keyboard setup. However, if you are willing to play as Google picture it, you can buy a Google Stadia controller for $69.
Stadia controllers use your WiFi to connect directly with whatever game is being streamed from Google’s servers, with the classic dual joystick, D-pad, face button, and shoulder button layout most closely resembling the DualShock 4 controller. It also has two additional buttons which let you easily capture footage or activate the Google Assistant. Once you’ve got a supported controller and a screen to play on, you’re all set to use Google Stadia – no console or additional wires required.
Here’s the Stadia Controller specs for the curious ones:
- Dimensions: 163mm x 105mm x 65mm
- Weight: 268g
- Battery: Internal rechargeable Li-Ion battery
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2 (BLE)
- Wi-Fi: Dual-band (2.4GHz / 5GHz) IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac connectivity
- Headset jack: 3.5mm headset jack for headsets with or without a microphone
- USB: USB-C port for charging, wired gameplay, and accessories such as USB-C headsets. HID-compliant
- Google Assistant: Google Assistant button to trigger microphone
- Capture button: Quick access to image and video capture