All the rather underwhelming details of Google Stadia were revealed yesterday evening, and it’s safe to say Google has an uphill battle on its hands if it wants to make this thing a success.
Google Stadia will be launching in 14 different countries (Belgium, Finland, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK and US) this November. Those wanting to get in on the ground floor will have to stump up £119/$129 for the Google Stadia ‘Founder’s Edition’. Google is touting ‘$300 of value’ for this package, which includes a Chromecast Ultra, a Night Blue Stadia Controller, 3 months of Stadia Pro, a 3-month buddy pass for one friend, and the opportunity to select your Stadia Name before all others.
Talking of Stadia Prom there are going to be two different options for Google Stadia users - Stadia Pro and Stadia Base.
Stadia Pro will be out at launch and will cost £8.99/$9.99 per month. For this, you get up to 4K resolution, 60 FPS, 5.1 surround sound, ‘free’ games released regularly, discounts on select games, and you can “buy games whenever you want”. It's nice the Stadia Store doesn’t only open from 9-5, what a win!
Stadia Base is coming in 2020 and will be free. It supports up to 1080p/60fps, stereo sound and, drum roll please, you can “buy games whenever you want”. YAAAAAAAAAAAAS.
So, that’s the subscriptions sorted. If you want to play above 1080p resolution you’ll be stumping up around $120 per year. Some older games will be free, while newer games will still need to be bought at full price. This is not the ‘Netflix for games’ you may have been looking for. Not yet, at least.
In terms of net speeds, 10Mb/s is the suggested minimum and will allegedly be enough for 720/60fps with stereo sound. 1080p/60fps will require 20Mb/s, while 4K/60fps with HDR and 5.1 surround sound will guzzle up 35Mb/s.
A grand total of 31 games were announced for Google Stadia. There are some huge-hitters in the line-up, although there’s literally nothing that you can’t already play on PC. The strength of Google Stadia is going to have to come down entirely to what it offers as a service, at least in the near-term, because a lot of these games are already pretty old hat on both home consoles and PC.
Full List of Announced Google Stadia Games
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft)
- Borderlands 3 (2K Games)
- Darksiders: Genesis (THQ)
- Destiny 2 (Bungie)
- The Division 2 (Ubisoft)
- DOOM Eternal (Bethesda)
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Bandai Namco)
- The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda)
- Farming Simulator 19 (Focus Home Interactive)
- Final Fantasy 15 (Square Enix)
- Football Manager 2020 (Sega)
- Get Packed (Codesink)
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Ubisoft)
- GRID (Codemasters)
- Gylt (Tequila Works)
- Just Dance 2020 (Ubisoft)
- Metro Exodus (4A Games, Deep Silver)
- Mortal Kombat 11 (WB Games)
- NBA 2K (2K Games)
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid (Lionsgate Games)
- Rage 2 (Bethesda)
- Samurai Shodown
- Thumper (Drool)
- The Crew 2 (Ubisoft)
- Trials Rising (Ubisoft)
- Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider & Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Bethesda)