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Google Stadia: Price, release date and launch games announced

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Technology giant Google has finally revealed the pricing, availability and other key details about its cloud gaming service, Stadia. The company had introduced Google Stadia in March this year and it gave out more details about it an event right before E3 started. Google Stadia combines a vault subscription for games coupled with game hosting so that you can play games across devices using the service. Here’s a look at all the announcements that Google has made about its cloud gaming platform:

The platform will come with a Stadia Base tier. This will be free for any game that you purchase via Stadia at up to 1080/60p in stereo (at 10Mb/s). However, there is still no word about the price of individual games.

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Stadia Pro tier is available for $9.99. This will deliver 4K/60p HDR quality (at 35Mb/sec) and 5.1 surround sound. With this, free games will get added to your library and you will also be able to avail certain discounts.

Stadia Founder’s Edition will be available for $129.99 for a limited pre-order offer. With this, you will get a first access to the service, a limited edition controller, Chromecast Ultra streaming devices, 3 months of Stadia Pro, a buddy pass that you can give to your friend to try Stadia Pro for 6 months, Bungie’s full Destiny 2 experience, and preference in terms of choosing username.

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The company has announced that Google Stadia will first be coming to 14 countries including the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands. A few other regions will also be getting the gaming service.

At the time of launch, Google Stadia will be able to work on laptops, desktops, Chromecast Ultra TV streaming sticks, tablets and the Pixel 3 smartphones. More smartphones and tablets will be able to run the service later.

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Google Stadia controller is an optional $70 accessory. This will connect wirelessly to the internet to play games. It will be available in three colours: Black, Clearly White, and Wasabi (green).

The games that will be available at the time of launch include:

  • Baldur’s Gate
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • Gylt
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Just Dance
  • Get Packed (in 2020)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  • Doom Eternal
  • Wolfenstein: Young Blood
  • Borderlands 3

Google’s game publisher partners include:

  • Take 2 Interactive
  • Square Enix
  • Bethesda
  • Electronic Arts

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Avani Bagga
Avani Bagga
Avani has an immense love for reading, travelling and food, but not necessarily in the same order. Avani almost started pursuing law, but life had other (better) plans for her and she chose to be a writer instead (luckily!) She previously covered technology at Times Internet and wrote about smartphones, mobile apps and tech startups. When she’s not writing, you’ll be able to find her in book stores or catching up on her social life.
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