Google today announced the release window and pricing information for its game streaming platform, Stadia.
E3 is right around the corner, but Google got jump on it’s competition. In it’s new video series, Stadia Connect, Google revealed it’s launch plans for the platform, including how much Stadia costs.
For those unaware, Stadia is Google’s new game streaming initiative. The goal is to deliver high quality gaming experiences to players without tying those experiences to hardware. The idea is that any device you own can play any game at 4K/60 frames-per-second. It’s a high bar, and we still don’t know if Google can attain that target. While we’ll have to wait a bit longer to learn that, we do know when and how much it’ll cost.
Stadia rolls out this November with a total of 31 games at launch. A base subscription that acts like Xbox Game Pass will be available for $10 per month. This gets you access to a number of older titles. New titles will still need to be purchased a la carte, similar to how we buy games today. Google confirmed that they’re selling a Founder’s Edition bundle for $130, which nets you a Chromecast Ultra, a Stadia Controller, a copy of Destiny 2 and the new expansion (Shadowkeep), and a three-month subscription. The standalone controller will cost $70.
It’s a good thing that the Founder’s Bundle comes with a Chromecast, because you’ll need one to play Stadia at launch. Despite advertising the ability to play on any device that supports Chrome, and with any controller, that feature won’t be there on day one. In November, you can only play Stadia with an official controller and a Chromecast. Additional functionality will come later in 2020.
As for games, Google confirmed a number of third-party titles are coming to Stadia. This includes Ghost Recon: Breakout, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Doom, Doom Eternal, Final Fantasy XV, The Division 2, and more. Google didn’t announce any first-party games.
Be sure to stay tuned for additional Stadia news as we leap into E3 2019.