Google Stadia launch details, prices, and full gaming line-up revealed, 4K for $10 per month

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Jun 7, 2019 9:53 AM

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)

Do you plan to use Google Stadia?

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Those that have data caps will never use Statia.

Gankutsuou

Nope and reason is simple, it is not device for me. I got good PC, sure nothing too high end, but then again, I don't need ultra high end setup anyway. And Stadia just has nothing unique to bring to the table. I do find it interesting as piece of technology and with what it could do, but I already am invested into PC.

Seth22087

if a 50-hour game uses up 800GB of data I just cannot understand why it wouldn't be better to just download the damn thing.

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16:36 Jun-08-2019

Those that have data caps will never use Statia.

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18:05 Jun-08-2019

Neither will many who don't have data caps XD

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03:41 Jun-08-2019

it takes 4.5gb per hour on 720p, f that

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23:48 Jun-07-2019

God no. Even if my internet is good enough.

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13:07 Jun-08-2019

That's the spirit! :)

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23:30 Jun-08-2019

I hate DRM just as much as you, but account based is here to stay. Everything else is annoying yes but it could be worse.


LIKE GOOGLE.

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15:58 Jun-09-2019

You know I hate that mentality of "it could be worse", why look at the worse? It's easy to look at the worse, but look at the better and strive for it.

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00:59 Jun-10-2019

There is no better if we're eventually gonna be forced into the worst situation.

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08:53 Jun-10-2019

we are forced, because we accept it, if people didn't accept it then that small minority of a company of only a few thousand people wouldn't be possible.
Back in the day products were made for the demands of people, nowadays people are told what products to buy and use... so sad...

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23:02 Jun-10-2019

Yes and you can blame Apple for that.

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23:06 Jun-10-2019

I blame the people... Apple is just another company... And I'm not talking just technology, this applies to clothes, cars, guitars, guns and pretty much everything. I can speak primarily about hardware, software, music and cars since that's what I'm interested in, so here is an example...


SUVs... people are buying them because companies are telling them to since they are overpriced a shell and sold for high profit margins, and the biggest off-road they will ever see is a parking lot... Not to mention that compact and mid-size SUVs suck for off-road anyway, only full-size ones are good for it. They have 0 benefits over a regular car and only negatives, they weight more, have worse economy, have worse performance, are more prone to understeer and turning over and are not safer at all...

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00:51 Jun-11-2019

The average consumer doesn't care. And they don't want to. They never had.

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01:03 Jun-11-2019

Sad, but true.

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01:50 Jun-11-2019

I hate it too. But it's something you must accept. Otherwise you will suffer and argue. And get angry.

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09:34 Jun-11-2019

I'd take the later everyday of my life, never give up and never surrender.

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03:19 Jun-12-2019

Ha, good luck. It only makes your life harder.

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06:38 Jun-12-2019

Easy is boring though.

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21:03 Jun-07-2019

Nope and reason is simple, it is not device for me. I got good PC, sure nothing too high end, but then again, I don't need ultra high end setup anyway. And Stadia just has nothing unique to bring to the table. I do find it interesting as piece of technology and with what it could do, but I already am invested into PC.

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21:04 Jun-07-2019

Now that being said, for more casual gamers, people who just want to game, they don't want to care about requirements, they want to have streamlined experience without any choices, but just tailored experience for themselves. For those it will be nice option instead of console. Yes you keep paying subscription,...

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21:06 Jun-07-2019

... but on other hand you never have to upgrade, you never have to worry about requirements, you can just sit down, take any supported device and continue playing. Maybe even with bumps 5G mobile network will bring, you might even be able to do it on the go... that would be kind of cool.

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21:08 Jun-07-2019

But it never will be device for everyone, some will simply prefer "no lag" beefy hardware at home, some won't have good enough internet, some like feeling of ownership, which Stadia removes,...There will be market for it and there will be market for PC and consoles.Though it could shake up console market,if done right.

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14:47 Jun-07-2019

uncompressed losless 4K (3840x2160) at 60fps video stream from gpu to monitor is 12.54 Gbit/s, so I it means the Stadia compression will need to be about 360x to push is through 35 Mbit/s stream;
according to cctvcalculator.net, 4K 60fps high-quality H.265 HEVC requires about 26.8 Mbit/s so it seems the only problem remaining to be latency and consistency of realtime game streaming,
I sense some ISPs will ask for more money to provide prioritizes network throughput :/

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16:22 Jun-07-2019

The sad part is that my country is perfect for Google stadia, most people don't have any good PCs or any PC's at all and the slowest home internet we have is 50Mbps down/up for 5 euro...
No bandwidth cap.
The saving grace is that those same people would never pay for games, for once I'm happy my country is filled with pirates. XD

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20:40 Jun-07-2019

Eastern Europe. Same case where I'm from xD

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21:53 Jun-07-2019

Hell yeah! May Stadia be kiled.

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09:57 Jun-09-2019

dang and I here in the heart of europe having 5Mbps download max on the edge of capital city -_-

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08:55 Jun-10-2019

@Tzzsmk you must live in a country with many mountains and big hills.
Serbia and Greece have terrible internet for example, because they are full of mountains and hills.

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08:23 Jun-12-2019

I don't know about that Internet here is fairly decent for a small town of around 5000 practically built on a hill. 150/10. Upload is not the greatest but for 30$ I cannot complain at all. At least something that's not sucking us dry.

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14:38 Jun-07-2019

This will be a great way for people with data caps to go slamming right into overcharges. Others will have people yelling because their Netflix/Hulu/etc is stuttering/buffering constantly. My favorite part will be the people paying for 4k/60 and then have other people draining their bandwidth or hit a high usage time and watch it go to 1080p or even 720p.


I think I'll stick with desktop, laptop and console.

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14:43 Jun-07-2019

Oh yeah, data caps will be sucked right up! At around 16GB per hour for 35Mbps 4K60 streaming - better wish you've got unlimited data if you're gonna play anything for long :D

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14:56 Jun-07-2019

Definitely. That's why I will pretend it doesn't even exist. My data cap is stupid high and I've never come close to it but this is just going to be a niche product at best. I already have a chance with Nvidia because of my shield tv and I don't even use it like that. I could play any of those games anywhere in the world with no data connection if I so please.

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14:25 Jun-07-2019

Google will abandon Stadia in less than a year, just look how fast they abandoned YT gaming lol:D

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14:10 Jun-07-2019

so it's like "geforce now"...sort of?

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Yeah like geforce "notsomuch"-now lol

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14:00 Jun-07-2019

lol none of this even matters if comcast is still going to have a 1Tb data cap on my internet. I think I would chew through that pretty quick using stadia and netflix...

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14:45 Jun-07-2019

Around 16GB/h according to my math. In a 5h gaming session at 4K60 you may suck up around 80GB, which is already 1/12th of your data cap. Crazy!
That's also assuming that you don't watch youtube or netflix/amazon/etc and you don't download anything.

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14:57 Jun-07-2019

if a 50-hour game uses up 800GB of data I just cannot understand why it wouldn't be better to just download the damn thing.

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15:02 Jun-07-2019

And that is the part that is going to kill this. People that understand this part will avoid it. Others will realize it and back of on how much it's used
The people that stay with it will probably drop down to 1080p just to lower the hit on there usage.

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16:16 Jun-07-2019

I can see this viable only for those with no data caps at 1080p or better. If you have decent network but refuse to buy a new PC/console, that is.

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16:58 Jun-07-2019

I mean why would someone who plays a lot of games not buy a PC or especially a console, the hardware cost ends up a fraction of all the games' price for most people that don't buy a monster PC or a console.

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Honestly the only saving grace would be if you wish to play at 4K HDR, have a TV, but a 4K60 capable PC would be outside your budget - then I'd understand forking over a tenner every month so you can keep saving cash for a PC later and play games on Stadia until you do. Then again, I'm not sure how you even own the games on Stadia. With GeForce NOW at least you log into your Steam/uplay/etc on their VM and play what YOU own. How is it for Stadia? Seems like a very proprietary list of games that they offer so far, so might not be as good as GeForce NOW.

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12:23 Jun-07-2019

Stuart, its not 10MB/s its 10Mb/s. 10MBps= 10 MegaBYTE per sec and 10Mbps = 10 megaBIT per sec. There's a stark difference!


10 mega byte is equal to 80 mega bit (80 Mbps) Its a rookie mistake!

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12:24 Jun-07-2019

Probably a typo, considering the rest are in Mb. Happens so often that I stopped paying attention to these nuances...

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12:29 Jun-07-2019

I have seen way too many ppl get confused over this so I hope it helps someone

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12:33 Jun-07-2019

True, true.

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13:19 Jun-07-2019

Yes, that is just a typo lol, as evidenced by the other uses. I'll change it now, thanks!

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13:21 Jun-07-2019

For whatever reason literally EVERY time I write "Nvidia Shield TV" I end up writing "SHield" - so I totally get how it happens :D
(my pinky is too slow releasing the Shift key xD)

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13:28 Jun-07-2019

Tell me about it, I'm always writing ASSume

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13:30 Jun-07-2019

Maybe you're a crack addict... xD

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14:01 Jun-07-2019

lol no I keep it simple and stick to the glASS and grASS

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I enjoy the sound of brASS... :D

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14:53 Jun-07-2019

I knew your degree in flatology wouldn't go to waste

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12:21 Jun-07-2019

I'll stick to my box where I have full control over what I play and how I play it. 10 bucks is dirt-cheap, but I reckon the price will go up as it won't even cover the electricity for google for heavier users. The pricing must be an introductory one to get people onboard.

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11:35 Jun-07-2019

Why dont people like this? You dont need to buy a console or a pc, just buy a game and that is it. If it works as well as they say its gonna be great.

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11:44 Jun-07-2019

250kb/s in Germany here. Not a fan of the whole game streaming idea for obvious reasons.

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net speeds, most of people that dosnt like this are like me people that dont live in Belgium, Finland, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK and US and usually countrys outside of those have bad and pretty expensive, i wouldnt be able to play even on 720p

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11:59 Jun-07-2019

I too live outside one of those countries. I have to go to the capital just to buy a physical copy of a game. I have 40mbps, last year i had 4mbps, and i upgraded for a same price. It looks to me like internet speed wont be a problem soon.

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12:08 Jun-07-2019

Because you don't own anything and are entirely relying on a 3rd party and you have no freedom outside what freedom they've given you which is next to none. It's the same reason why people prefer buying movies and watching them on a dedicated machine than cable/optical TV services.


You can't goof around, modding basically goes out the window, private/home servers? What are those?

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12:18 Jun-07-2019

Sure, but society is going in that direction. Its not like anyone can do anything about it. I dont like paying over the internet, but soon i wont be able to avoid it.

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13:15 Jun-07-2019

Society is we the people and we shoudn't just accept what a small miniorty tells us to accept... :/

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12:03 Jun-07-2019

Because there are too many unknowns at this point. 1) How bad will latency be, 2) How bad will bit-rate/compression be, 3) What will this mean for data capped connections and monthly download limits, 4) Will platform exclusives (Sony etc) make it to this platform/store/service ?


Is this targeted at people who don't own a desktop or a console ? And maybe only game on their laptops or phones ? But have access to expensive and unlimited internet ? - While this would eliminate the cost of buying a console or desktop hardware, this does raise the question of what it would mean for internet costs / data usage. The other point some people raise is, it could eliminate the cost of replacing costly hardware (consoles / GPUs) every 3 - 5 years). That could be a considerable advantage but it remains to be seen if the other factors don't hamper it too much.

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12:07 Jun-07-2019

And I guess some people also generally don't like Google because of privacy concerns and their questionable practices

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12:12 Jun-07-2019

Im with you about the unknowns. I think stadia is gonna bring in a lot of new people. In my experience people rarely have consoles or powerful computers , but most of them have decent internet. I guess i like the idea.

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Where I live in the UK it's a max of 17Mb/s so that would only be 720p and if you live in any rural area the speeds would be a lot less than that making the Stadia pointless.

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12:18 Jun-07-2019

Some of us prefer to have the metal to run the stuff we want. Some of us have rigs that go beyond 4K (I play many games at 5K) or 60fps (my screen is a 165Hz G-Sync). Some people don't have the connection for it. Some people want the control over what they run (emulators, software, mods, etc). Compression (image quality visibly reduced over native rendering). Various factors.


Most of all...Latency...I'm yet to see anything that feels good with a mouse - even locally! As good as my Nvidia Shield TV streaming is - there is still noticeable delay that simply won't cut it with a mouse. Not for the way I play my games anyway.... Ok for gamepads.

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12:57 Jun-07-2019

I think those issues dont concern the majority. Not many people have beyond 4k capabilities, or care about mods or emulators, or even latency. But i think i get all the questions and issues. Im very interested to see how it all plays out.

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12:59 Jun-07-2019

Oh, by all means - not that many people care about it all. For most "normal" consumers this is a dream come true. But IMO anyone on PC worth their salt will pretty much dismiss it in favor of local hardware - and you can pretty much see it here in the comments.

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13:13 Jun-07-2019

That is it. For people who play games casually when they have spare time this will be great if it works right. But i see now how it is not ideal for people with higher standards.

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13:24 Jun-07-2019

For many people it's not even the standards, it's just the connection they have available too. Some people have data caps (still in 2019!), which will get chewed through very quickly when streaming for hours. For most, however, it' just the lack of sufficient speed for a good experience. I wonder where the ISPs go from here with streaming services like this emerging left right and center. Speeds and availability will need an upgrade.

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10:59 Jun-07-2019

Never! Screw all non-client based services... and services in general.
Products >>>> Services

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11:50 Jun-07-2019

wait what is product and what is services here?

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First thing's first, I think this always applies to a product and a service. A product is something you pay for once and you get it forever and it is yours to do whatever you want with it. A service is something that you get from a 3rd party that you pay regularly for and since you don't own it you can't do anything with it, excpet what the 3rd party allows you to do. So there are 3x opposing criteria between a service and a product.


Hard to put into words, but a product in this case is basically a client hardware capable of doing all the computing and processing necessary to run without relying on external processing power, internet or anything really. Service would be cloud gaming, you get a device that basically just connects you to a 3rd party machine that does everything while you

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...while you just type in the input and you don't own absolutely anything else than the box that connects you to their services. Similar to cable tv, you just own the TV, the TV itself otherwise is brain-dead(unless it's a smart TV, but that's just a huge tablet with or without a TV decoder/tuner built-in).

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10:40 Jun-07-2019

So the subscription doesnt even include games yet (other than free ones)?

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10:58 Jun-07-2019

Yep, although they haven't said what games will be free yet

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11:52 Jun-07-2019

well the one that will be free are free game

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10:24 Jun-07-2019

Maybe in 20 years.

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6Mbit/s let's go, 480p/60FPS here I come! x)
Jokes aside this does actually look amazing and I really hope this is gonna be hugely successful.

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uhh, so i am at 144p/30fps

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meh...

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