The company announced on Wednesday that the Stadia video game broadcast platform from Google is now free for anyone with a Gmail address. To improve the deal, Google also offers new users two months of Stadia Pro – including access to nine games – for free.
Google said that existing Stadia Pro subscribers will not be charged for the next two months of service.
Previously, access to Stadia required purchase of the Google Stadia Premiere Edition at $ 129, a package that includes Chromecast Ultra, a wireless Stadia controller, and three months of Stadia Pro, a service that offers free games and video streaming at 4K and 60fps With HDR lighting.
As of April 8, access to the base version of Stadia – broadcast games at 1080p resolution – will be free by subscribing to the Stadia website. Users still have to purchase games to own them, but these games can be played on PC, Chrome OS tablet, Google Pixel phone and other supported Android devices. Stadia console (which can be purchased separately for $ 69) is not required; users can also play with a supported USB controller or mouse and keyboard.
The two free months of Stadia Pro allow users to access the following games, as of April:
- Destiny 2: The Group
- SteamWorld Dig 2
- SteamWorld Quest: Gilgamesh’s hand
- Sam’s dangerous group
- Stacks on chimneys (on chimneys)
- After the two-month trial period, Stadia Pro will cost $ 9.99 per month. Subscribers can cancel their subscriptions online, if they choose to do so.
Google is also making a change to Stadia Pro’s default broadcast resolution in an effort to manage bandwidth, similar to the efforts of Netflix, Disney and Sony Interactive Entertainment, according to Stadia Vice President and General Manager Phil Harrison.
Harrison said on Stadia’s blog: “With the demand increasing due to the increase in the number of people at home during this period, we are taking a responsible approach to internet traffic.” “For Stadia, we have always adjusted bandwidth usage based on a variety of internal and local internet factors. To further reduce internet load, we are working for a temporary feature that changes the default screen resolution from 4K to 1080 pixels. You won’t notice the vast majority of People on their desktop or laptop have a significant drop in play quality, but you can choose data usage options in the Stadia app. ”
Google Stadia was launched in November and is currently available in 14 countries. The platform includes 38 games available for purchase, and Google said it “tracks over 120 games coming to Stadia in 2020”, of which 10 are exclusive games for Stadia.
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