A New Way To Play
Google has been developing its own gaming platform for the longest time. Today we got confirmation of what’ll be coming to the platform when it’ll be launching and more. Stadia will launch this fall for anyone that purchases its so-called “Founders” edition, that will retail for $130. This founder’s edition will come with a limited edition Stadia controller, a Chromecast Ultra, a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro, the ability to choose your username before anyone else, and a free trial pass to give to someone else so they can try Stadia as well.
There are two options for Stadia access, a 10 dollar “pro” fee which will give you access to their 4K/60 frames per second gameplay option, and a base subscription that offers 1080P 60 frames per second gameplay. The base option doesn’t require a fee, however, you’ll miss out on benefits like free games, discounts on sales and the like. The Stadia pro service looks to function similarly to other gaming subscription services like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live.
Stadia has some requirements for gameplay that differ based on the resolution you’re trying to play at. 10 megabits per second will get you 720P 60 frames per second gameplay. 20 megabits will get you 1080P 60 frames per second gameplay. 35 megabits or higher will get you 4K 60 frames per second gameplay. So plan your purchase according to your internet connection, nerds. You’ll also need a Stadia controller that will retail for 70 dollars separately.
How To Access Stadia
Getting access to Stadia is surprisingly easy. If you’re on a Window’s computer, you’ll need to use Google Chrome and require Windows 7 or higher as their operating system. Mac computers will use OS X. To play on your TV you’ll need a Google Chromecast device. To use Stadia on your tablet, you’ll need access to Chrome just like you would on Windows, and the only phone currently supported with Stadia will be the Google Pixel 3.
Stadia will launch with a wide breadth of content from other 20 publishers and developers. Capcom, Bungie, Bethesda, Deep Silver, EA, Larian Studios and even Rockstar have all pledged their support to Google’s new product, which means Stadia will have a shockingly good lineup of games to play at launch and in the future. Games like Baldur’s Gate 3 which is being developed by Larian Studios will also be available at launch. There’s no telling just how far Stadia can or will go, but it looks like it has a promising future ahead. Take a look at the press release for more detail.