Today, Google took the stage ahead of E3 to announce details on their upcoming gaming service Stadia. Google has previously announced that they want to bring access to as many devices as possible, but for now this is a Google-only affair.
For those who didn't catch the first Stadia Connect, I've embedded the entire presentation below. For instance, you'll need to have a Google Account. You can also access Stadia via a Chromecast dongle that is connected to your HDTV. Along with the Pro subscription, Google will also be selling games on the service as well, and this will be how both the Stadia Basic service works and how Pro subscribers get access to games not included in the Pro subscription.
The Wi-Fi-enabled controller has a button that lets players tap Google Assistant to ask questions about the games being played. This will allow access to some of Stadia's launch library, which can - at 35mbps - be played at 4K resolution/60FPS/5.1 surround sound.
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"If you happen to lose connection, Stadia will maintain the game where it got cut off for several minutes so that you can quickly get back online without losing progress".
The Stadia streaming service will be available in a couple of flavours: Pro and Base.
According to the leak (which is all in Canadian dollars), the base subscription will run you C$11.99 per month (so maybe $10 US). The Founders Edition costs $129 and it comes with a limited edition Night Blue Stadia Controller, Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2, and 3 months of Stadia Pro for you and a friend ($300 value). What we did not know is where or when it will be available. It may help play the range of Stadia titles that were confirmed today. Many of which, but certainly not all, were answered in this stream.
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That's all well and good, but don't assume that meeting Google's internet speed requirements means you'll be able to play at the stated quality. Verizon, earlier this year, reportedly began testing a gaming service on select nVidia Shield set-top boxes.
There will be 31 games at launch. This version of the service won't include free games, but you can still purchase titles whenever you want.
Google said its Stadia Founder's Edition package, priced at $129.99, will enable consumers to play video games such as Destiny 2 from the launch day on almost any device without any downloads, making access to games potentially as easy as watching a YouTube video. It's confusing, then, to see a 2020 release window for Coatsink's Get Packed - one of the games featured in Harrison's round-up - listed at the end of its own trailer.
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