Google Stadia Details Leak Ahead of Today’s Conference

Update: As noted, we are updating the below with official information from the Stadia Connect.

The information was accurate save for a few small pricing differences. The Founder’s Edition is $129 and the monthly Pro cost is $10. You can find the details in the chart below which compares Stadia Pro to Base:

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Well as expected, the cat is out of the bag. The expectations for Stadia are all over the place but there’s no need to speculate any more. Here are the details that have leaked this morning and we will then update this later today after the official conference.

  • Stadia will formally launch in November in 14 countries.
  • The “Founder’s Edition” of Stadia will retail for $169 which will include the controller, a Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2, and 3 months of subscription.
  • It is subscription only.
    • The Pro subscription is $11.99 a month for streaming “up to” 4K/60fps. This will only include “older” titles while new titles will need to be bought individually.
    • For clarity, you are unable to download games for offline play.
    • A new, cheaper subscription model will launch next year which will offer 1080p streaming and no free games.
  • You need the Chromecast for Stadia to work at launch. It is planned to work through Chrome instead sometime in 2020.
  • The minimum required internet speed is 10mbps.
  • It will launch with 31 games – no new/exclusive games have been mentioned.

 

Our Take

To be honest, these early details are none to promising. Having to pay $10 a month, after spending $130, just to stream existing games seems like a stretch especially given the lack of any other functionality like downloading games, offline play, etc…

We’ll be sharing more on Stadia in the near future. Stay tuned!

Author: Seasoned Gaming

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