Google reveals Stadia pricing, launch titles, and release window

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Google reveals Stadia pricing, launch titles, and release window

Google presented the first Stadia Connect today, a platform from which it will be announcing all things related to its recently revealed game streaming system.

In this very first Connect, Google lifted the veil off of some of the most important pieces of information regarding its hotly discussed foray into the gaming industry, namely the service's pricing scheme, launch titles, and release window.

As a streaming service, Stadia will offer two tiers of subscriptions. Stadia Pro, priced at $9.99 per month and available at launch, will give access to a "regular content" to your library, as well as the highest available audio-visual quality (4K, HDR, 60fps, 5.1 sound). On top of that, Pro subscribers will have access to exclusive discounts on future titles. Stadia Base, on the other hand, will be completely free when it launches some time next year, and you'll be able to stream games that you buy at up to 720p resolution and 60 fps. Until Base launches, Stadia Pro will be required in order to purchase games.

Google also announced the Stadia Founders Edition, available for pre-order now at $129. Purchasing this limited edition gives you 3 months of Stadia Pro for yourself and a buddy of your choice, an exclusive Night Blue version of the Stadia controller, a Chromecast Ultra, and the full Destiny 2 collection including the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion and its respective annual pass.

Aside from Destiny 2, there's a whole slew of games coming to Stadia when it launches sometime in November, including the newly announced Baldur's Gate 3 by Larian Studios. Ghost Recon Breakpoint was also revealed, which showcased Stadia's streaming connect feature which appears to be a way to share livestreams of people you're currently playing with. Stealth horror title Gylt was announced as coming to Stadia.

Google outlined a host of different partners to bring a multitude of genres to its streaming platform, including Capcom, Gearbox, and SNK.

Finally, Google shared some more specifics regarding internet speeds and the quality we'll be able to get out of Stadia. For 4K 60 fps streaming, a minimum of 35 mbps will be required, while 10 mbps will be good enough to stream at 720p 60 fps. Google continues to insist that input latency will not be an issue, citing last year's Project Stream test bed as demonstrating impressive performance in this regard.

Stadia games will be streamable to Chromecast devices, Google Pixel 3 and 3a smartphones, and Chrome browser equipped PCs, laptops, and tablets at launch with no further details if the service will be expanding to other devices.

E3 2019 has kicked off with a tonne of announcements, if you want to keep up to date with it all, check out our E3 2019 Hub. Also, we've written up our expectations for this year's E3, so be sure to check that out too.

For more on Google Stadia stay tuned here on The Digital Fix.

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