Google takes pre-orders for game streaming service launching November

Google takes pre-orders for game streaming service launching November

Google held its first Stadia Connect today (June 6, 2019) to announce more details on its new cloud-gaming service prior to its actual launch.

This November you'll be able to play Stadia on Chrome-connected TVs, computers, tablets, and also select phones like Google's recent Pixel 3a using the Stadia app.

Detailed at the reveal, Google Stadia will require a minimum internet speed of 10mbps down and 1mbps upload to work. Users will need a Chromecast Pro for Stadia at launch. It's instead a streaming service that will let people play games on nearly any screen - a TV, PC monitor, tablet, or even a phone - with all of the processing being done in the cloud on machines with high-end gaming specifications, including custom graphics chips from AMD.

The launch lineup of games for Stadia includes Baldur's Gate 3, Destiny 2, Tom Clancy's The Division 2, Get Packed, GYLT, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Mortal Kombat 11, among others. 65 hours might seem like a lot, but it only comes out to around a couple hours of gaming per day, which is hardly unheard of. Instead, the buyer gets one of the new, Google Assistant-enabled Stadia Controllers, in an exclusive shade called Night Blue.

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I'm excited by what Stadia represents in terms of the future of gaming. So, like typical PC and console gaming (Nintendo Switch excluded), Stadia is going to be nearly exclusively used at home.

So, while you'll definitely get access to some free games while subscribed to Stadia, it sounds like you'll be buying most of the titles that you want to play. Google promises Pro users will get discounts, but it's unclear how steep they'll be. With the initial announcement being mostly a technology intro and teaser of what the service could be capable of, Google promised more to come later this year, and now in a pre-recorded presentation this morning, the company has announced their launch plans for the service and how it will work for customers. 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. Bakar commented: "All the games can go on Stadia, there is no constraint". We aren't sure if "any Google device" means any Android device, or specifically Google's first-party hardware, like the Pixel.

The appeal of Netflix and Spotify is their unlimited access for a monthly fee. More than 30 current and upcoming games from publishers such as Ubisoft Entertainment SA, Bethesda Softworks LLC, and Square Enix Holdings Co.

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