Google sets prices and games on Stadia

The price, the formulas, the first games… Google has put on the table, almost all the details that were missing from march, date of the announcement of Stadia, its online game service.

Stadia will start in November in 14 countries including France and Belgium, as well as the United States, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, the netherlands, the United Kingdom and Sweden. The second wave will arrive in 2020.

If we had imagined Stadia as a subscription service, offering consumption unlimited of games all included in the offer, it will have to come back down to earth. This is not an adaptation of the model of Netflix. For the most part, the games will have to be purchased.

Stadia is going to happen in three steps. Today, you can pre-order the “Founder’s edition” for 129 €. At this rate, Google will give you for the launch of November :

  • a Chromecast Ultra to the tv

  • the rocker Stadia “Blue Night” (a limited edition)

  • the subscription to Stadia Pro for 3 months

  • a “buddy pass” to slip away to a friend so that it tests for free Stadia Pro for three months

  • the opportunity to be among the first users and choose his or her username without too much competition

  • the new title, Destiny 2 Bungie extensions (including previous and the extension Shadowkeep to come)

  • the ability to play in 4K HDR, 60 fps, 5.1 surround sound

This pack priority access is sold for a length of time and quantity limited. The case of the controllers, the other three colours are provided in black, white and pale green 69 € the unit. Initially only these controllers can be used.

Past the first three months of Stadia, if one wants to continue the experiment, he will have to pay € 9.99 per month for the “Stadia Pro”, which will retain the characteristics listed above (no price release for an annual commitment).

For games, this formula will give the right to free shares offered from time to time (not list for the moment). For the other games, the main, it will be necessary to simply buy them, like we do on any other platform.

Publishers will set their price, but Google will encourage them to moderation. It is not necessary to expect miracles, but a principle of exclusive discounts on some titles is already promised.

In the event of termination Stadia Pro, we will retain the use of purchased games by tilting it in the formula “Stadia Database” scheduled for 2020. This will be free with features adjusted downward : no games offered, definition 1080p (60 fps always) and stereo sound.

A first collection of games ready for Stadia has been revealed :

  • Bandai Namco : Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

  • Bethesda : DOOM Eternal, DOOM 2016, Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: Youngblood

  • Bungie : Destiny 2

  • Capcom : TBD

  • Coatsink : Get Packed (Stadia only)

  • Codemasters : GRID

  • Deep Silver : Metro Exodus

  • Drool : Thumper

  • Electronic Arts : TBD

  • Giants Software : Farming Simulator 19

  • Larian Studios :Baldur’s Gate 3

  • nWay Games : Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

  • Rockstar Games : TBD

  • Sega : Football Manager

  • SNK : Samurai Shodown

  • Square Enix : Final Fantasy XV, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider

  • 2K Games : NBA 2K, Borderlands 3

  • Tequila Works : Gylt (another exclusive)

  • Warner Bros. : Mortal Kombat 11

  • THQ : Darksiders Genesis

  • Ubisoft : Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Trials Rising, The Crew 2

The minimum data rate requested for a connection to Stadia is of 10 Mbps to play in 720p ; 20 Mbps for 1080p and at least 30 Mbps for the 4K. In case of problems with the network connection, the FAQ explains that the quality will be modulated in function of variations of flow, and add : “If you lose your Internet connection, Stadia keeps the game from where it was interrupted for several minutes so that you can quickly reconnect without losing your progress.

In absolute terms, any smartphone, tablet or computer with the Chrome browser will be a door of access to Stadia. Google makes no secret of its desire to cast a wide net on all platforms. Simply, at the beginning, access will be through the controller and the Chromecast connected to the tv, or through an app on the Pixel 3 and 3a.