In a roundtable discussion with UK journalists, Google clarified some details about its plans for Stadia, its game streaming platform. According to Phil Harrison, head of the project, the games that will be offered on the platform should cost the same as those found for more conventional consoles.

“I don’t know why they should be cheaper,” he said when asked about the possibility. “The value you get from a game on Stadia means that you can play it on any screen in your life – TV, PC, laptop, tablet, phone. I think it will be valuable to the players ”.

“The value you have of a game on Stadia means that you can play it on any screen in your life”

Harrison has not confirmed what the value of each game will be, something that will be up to each publisher to decide on their own. “But obviously we will be aware of the prevailing price in the market,” he guaranteed. He also clarified that even if you pay for a game, you will still need to pay for a subscription to Stadia to access it – a free version, with some limitations, should be offered in 2020.

World in transition

“The industry is in transition,” explained Harrison. “Not every developer or publisher is ready to move to a subscription. Frankly, not every player is ready for this. So we want to give players the option so that they can engage with the games they want in the way they prefer – in all cases, without the very high initial cost of buying a sophisticated device to place under their TVs ”.

Google Stadia will be officially launched in November of this year, entitled to a Founder’s Edition that guarantees a gamepad, Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2 and a 3-month subscription for $ 129. The developer’s promise is that by paying $ 9.99 per month, you will have access to a game library (not yet detailed) with 4K quality running at 60 FPS – a free plan, with 1080p gaming, will be offered from sometime in 2020.

The selection of games available will be based on the exclusives that Google intends to develop with a growing catalog of third-party options. However, most releases will continue to be treated in the same way as consoles, which means that you will have to pay full price to have them on your debut.

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