Google streamed its first Google Stadia Connect today, which was very similar to the Nintendo Directs that Nintendo always does to show its upcoming games and new products. In this “Connect” Phil Harrison, who before joining Google Stadia was once and exec for both PlayStation and then Xbox, talked about the pricing for Stadia, along with its launch date and games. First off, Google Stadia will be launching this November and a Founder’s Edition is actually available for pre-order right now on the Google Store for $129.99. This Founders Edition will include a Chromecast Ultra, an exclusive Nightblue Stadia Controller, and three months of Stadia Pro for you and a friend. Other options would be Stadia Pro and Stadia Base. Stadia Pro will be a monthly based subscription at $9.99 enabling full access to the gaming library in Google Stadia’s database. This comes with any content that is added which will be playable in 4k offering their best streaming quality. Non-subscribers will only be able to stream at 1080p. Stadia Base give people the option to buy games instead of paying for a subscription. You can get more information from the Stadia Connect video below.
As mentioned in the video, Google’s goal has always been to make information accessible to everyone. They are aiming to expand this idea and make gaming as easy and accessible as allowing Google Stadia to be accessed through any device that can run Google Chrome. When it comes to smartphones however, it is limited to the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL devices for now. This service will let you stream any games without a console. Stadia will also be playable using a variety of different controllers, keyboard and mouse included. Some games that will be available are:
-Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
-Baldur’s Gate 3
-The Crew 2.
Stadia, provided by Google gives us an idea of how gaming with evolve with technology. Play anywhere, with any device, with anyone. The goal they are trying to achieve is a worthy one, and will be exciting to see how well it will turn out.