Google’s cloud gaming service, Stadia, launches in November for $10/month

Google officially announced Stadia earlier this year and said that it is launching first in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe in 2019. (Stadia/Google)

Google today announced that its upcoming cloud gaming service, Stadia, will launch in November and will be priced at $9.99 per month.

The service works on TVs connected to a Chromecast streaming device, and also functions across laptops, desktops, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a. It does not require a video game console. Dubbed Stadia Pro, the service will provide free access to games like “Destiny 2,” along with discounts on game purchases.

Google is also selling a Stadia Founder’s Edition that comes with a Chromecast Ultra, a limited edition night blue Stadia controller, three months of Stadia Pro and a three-month buddy pass, so you can gift access to someone else, and get access to the full version of “Destiny 2.” It’s priced at $129 and available for preorder now.


Like this story? Subscribe to FierceVideo!

The Video industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Cable, Media and Entertainment, Telco, and Tech companies rely on FierceVideo for the latest news, trends, and analysis on video creation and distribution, OTT delivery technologies, content licensing, and advertising strategies. Sign up today to get news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

Stadia Base, which comes out next year, allows users to buy games without subscribing, but does not offer free access to games. Base also limits streaming to 1080p and stereo sound.

Game play will be available in 4K HDR at 60 fps with 5.1 surround sound. Google is recommending a 35 Mbps connection for 4K streaming and a minimum of 10 Mbps to support 720p resolution gaming.

RELATED: Google announces Stadia game streaming platform

Google officially announced Stadia earlier this year and said that it is launching first in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe in 2019.

More than 100 game developers already have hardware for Stadia development. Besides “Destiny 2” other games available for Stadia include “Doom Eternal,” “Wolfenstein: Youngblood,” “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey,” “Borderlands 3,” “The Elder Scrolls Online,” “NBA 2K,” “Mortal Kombat 11,” “The Division 2,” and “Final Fantasy XV.”

Google and Stadia will likely have some competition in the cloud gaming space. Apple is rolling out the Apple Arcade subscription service, though that platform will be focused on mobile games and not the console titles available through Stadia. Microsoft is also testing its own cloud gaming service called Project xCloud, which is currently undergoing public trials to help reduce latency so there’s little to no lag time between the controller and on-screen action.


Suggested Articles

Subscription video streaming services are increasing their share of the money consumers spend each year on internet TV and movies.

Facebook just released a batch of new updated features for its video platforms across live, Watch Party and Creator Studio.

A new lawsuit is alleging that AT&T inflated subscriber totals for DirecTV Now (which has been renamed AT&T TV Now) by creating fake accounts for the…