Google Stadia: Release Date, Price, Games, and News


Google has announced a brand new online gaming platform called Stadia, which will allow players to stream both high-end AAA and indie games on any device without the need for a console, a disc, or a hefty download.

The company has long been teasing its “vision for the future of gaming,” and the exact specifics of this project were finally revealed during Google’s keynote presentation at the 2019 Game Developer Conference in San Francisco. 

Across any screen in your life, including TV as well as phones and tablets (although only the Google Pixel 3 and 3a at launch), the Stadia platform will allow you to load up a fully fledged game in 1080 p (or even 4K at 60 fps in some cases, with a goal of reaching 8K and 120+ fps in the future) incredibly quickly. Google has confirmed that you will need at least a 10 MBPS internet connection in order to play Stadia at 720p resolution. A 1080p resolution will require you to have a 20 MBPS internet connection while playing in 4K at 60 FPS will demand a 35 MBPS connection. 

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A few social features are also coming to Stadia. If you see a trailer for a game on YouTube, you will be able to click a “Play Now” button and start playing the title within as little as five seconds, without any drop in visual or gameplay quality. You can also share a Stadia link anywhere, allowing your friends to jump into your session seamlessly. YouTube steamers will also allow viewers to join them in their games through the service.

This is all possible thanks to the magic of Google data centers, which will use Cloud-based internet wizardry to stream high-quality games as if you were playing them locally on a high-end PC. “This future of gaming is not a box,” Google promised during the initial reveal. Stadia will be powered by 10.7 GPU teraflops, which makes it more powerful than the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X. The Unity engine, the Unreal engine, and the Havok engine will all be available to developers that want to make games for Stadia.

Here’s everything else we know about Google Stadia:

Google Stadia Games

Stadia will support various games as part of its subscription service and as a la carte purchases. While we don’t know the full list of games included in the subscription service yet (aside from Destiny 2) here are some of the supported games revealed thus far:

Cyberpunk 2077

Orcs Must Die! 3

Windjammers 2

Destroy All Humans!

Superhot

Kine

Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle

Borderlands 3

Watch Dogs Legion

DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2

DOOM Eternal

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Destiny 2

Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid

Baldur’s Gate 3

Metro Exodus

Thumper

GRID 

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 XV

Gylt

Tomb Raider Trilogy

Darksiders Genesis

Just Dance 2020

Google Stadia Release Date

Google has not confirmed the release date for Google Stadia, but it’s rumored that the service will launch in November. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available. Until then, check out our hands-on demo of the service.

Google Stadia Price

Technically, you don’t need to pay anything to use the Google Stadia service. The Stadia Base program is free for everyone, but you will need to own Stadia supported games in order to use it. The trade-off is that you can only stream up to 1080p, only receive stereo sound, and you will not receive any free games or discounts by using the free service. Stadia Base won’t be available until next year.

That’s where Stadio Pro comes in. For $9.99 a month, Stadia Pro grants you access to up to 4K streaming, 5.1 surround sound, an updated collection of free games, and discounts on Stadia-supported games for a la carte purchase. 

Finally, there is the Founder’s Edition. This edition cost $130 and includes a Chromecast Ultra, a Stadia controller, a copy of Destiny 2, and a three-month Stadia Pro subscription with a complimentary three-month pass for a friend. 

Google Stadia Controller

Google Stadia will launch with a new controller called the Stadia controller. This controller includes certain features designed with streaming in mind, such as a capture button. It also includes a Google assistant button, which will help you access some of Stadia’s support features like YouTube tutorials. There will be a feature called State Share, too, which will allow players to share a link to a playable moment from a game (e.g. a big boss battle) and allow their friends to jump in and have a go. The controller will cost $70 at launch.

However, Google Stadia will also support most other third-party controllers, screens, and mouse and keyboards for supported devices. 

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John Saavedra is Games Editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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