Google Stadia Launching November

June 6, 2019 by  
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Google Stadia, the internet giant’s cloud game streaming service, will be launching this November, initially with a £119 Founder’s Edition, which can be pre-ordered right now.

The Founder’s Edition will include the Chromecast Ultra, which allows for 4K and HDR streams, a limited edition Night Blue controller, a three month subscription to Stadia Pro as well as a second subscription that you can give to someone else. After your first three months expire, the service will then cost you £8.99 per month.

A free version of Stadia will be rolled out next year, although Stadia Pro is the only manner in which you’ll be able to play from launch. This subscription allows you to stream games in 4K/60FPS with HDR and 5.1 surround sound. Google are recommending you to have at least a 35mbps broadband connection in order to do so. As for the upcoming free version of the service, you’ll be able to stream up to 1080p/60FPS with stereo sound, provided that you have a 10mbps connection at the very least.

There’s more though, Stadia Pro will also include regular games added as part of your subscription, and there will also be discounts on games that you purchase. Destiny 2 will also be available for a limited time, complete with all the content released for the game so far as well as the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion.

You’ll only be able to stream through the Chromecast Ultra at launch, although support for more devices will be added next year, opening the service up to many more people.

As for the Stadia controller, other than the exclusive Night Blue controller, you’ll be able to buy it in three different colours – Just Black, Clearly White, and Wasabi. They will retail for £59 each.

When it comes to games, the service will have over 30 at launch:

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Baldur’s Gate 3
Borderlands 3
The Crew 2
Darksiders Genesis
Destiny 2
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Doom 2016
Doom Eternal
The Elder Scrolls Online
Farming Simulator 19
Final Fantasy XV
Football Manager
Get Packed
Just Dance
Metro Exodus
Mortal Kombat 11
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
Rage 2
Samurai Shodown
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
Trials Rising
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Wolfenstein: Youngblood

As controversial as such a service is to some, it will still be interesting to see how things pan out. Can game streaming work well enough to deliver a reliable and lag-free service? Only time will tell, but if any company has the resources it would definitely be Google.