Google Stadia will arrive in November in several countries, Portugal and Brazil are not included in the 2019 batch, and new details have emerged.
The service will initially be presented through a Founder Pack, which costs 130 €, with a monthly subscription of 9.99 €, but in 2020 a free option will arrive.
The Stadia Pro subscription allows you to play up to 4K and gives you access to several games, while the Stadia Base subscription will not allow you to play games available on the service and you will only be able to play up to 1080p.
However, both subscriptions require you to purchase new games, even with Stadia Pro.
Games like Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Baldur’s Gate 3, Final Fantasy 15, Rage 2, Football Manager 2020, Borderlands 3, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Mortal Kombat 11 have already been confirmed for the service.
Bearing in mind that you are gaining access to the games via streaming, it had not been confirmed whether you would pay the full price of the games, but Phil Harrison, the head of Stadia, confirmed to Eurogamer that the games on his service cost the same as on current platforms. .
“I don’t know why they would be cheaper, “said Harrison.
Games on Google Stadia via streaming will have the same price as a physical or digital game on Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch, something that Harrison explains.
“The value you have of the game at Stadia means that you can play it on any screen in your life – TV, PC, laptop, tablet, mobile phone. I think it will be valuable for players.”
“In theory, the version of Stadia will be at its best possible quality of innovation and sophistication, in terms of the game engine. “
However, Harrison does not say how much the games will cost and says that it will depend on the publishers, but says that they will be aware of the prices practiced in the market.
Google Stadia – like Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Sony’s PS Now, are presented as a kind of “Netflix for video games”, services that pay monthly and give you access to everything in it. When something new arrives, you have guaranteed immediate access.
However, at Stadia, even with the Pro subscription, you will have to pay the price of the new games, in addition to the subscription price.
Harrison says that we are in a moment of transition and inflection in the industry, which will leave behind the model of consumption by ownership.
“Across the world, we have already passed the turning point from physical to digital. Especially in the UK, it is accelerating over time.”
The manager of Google Stadia says that paying for a monthly subscription and selling games at full price is a way to give you options to choose from and remember that with this service, you don’t spend as much as you would on a gaming PC or console.
“The industry is in transition. Not all studios or publishers are ready to move on to subscription. Frankly, not all players are ready to move on to subscriptions. So we want to give players the choice so they can interact with games the way they want – in all cases, without the high initial cost of buying a sophisticated device to place under the TV or desk. “
Stadia will arrive in November 2019 and the Founder Edition features 3 months of Stadia Pro, controller and Google Chromecast Ultra for streaming.
Google has not yet confirmed the games that will be available through the subscription Stadia Pro, only Destiny 2, but says that the number of games will grow over time and recalls that it has its own studio, not to mention exclusives such as Tequila Works’ Gylt .
If you want to play games like Borderlands 3 or Doom Eternal on Stadia, you will have to pay the same as you would on PS4, Xbox One or PC.