Google announced its gaming streaming service Stadia in March, but the company left out key details around the service. It was a strange announcement that wasn’t able to drum up much excitement, but now, Google has all of the information that we’ve been looking forward to.
If you haven’t heard of Stadia yet, it’s supposed to stream high-end games from consoles or PCs to the Chrome web browser, Pixel 3 phones, and even the Chromecast Ultra.
Google now says that Stadia is coming this holiday season on November 14. It will launch in 14 markets, including the US, the UK, and Canada.
To start off, Stadia will launch with 31 games, which come from 21 different publishers.
Pre-orders for the new gaming service start now, with a Founder’s Edition available for $130. That gets you all of the equipment, as well as three months of game time. Afterwards, it will be $10 per month.
Google plans to launch a free version of its Stadia platform in 2020 sometime.
The search giant has plenty of games launching with the Stadia, coming from some big name publishers — Destiny will be one of them; however, Google will announce more games during this upcoming E3.
It’s worth noting that Stadia is not all that Google made it out to be. The $10 a month is access to the platform, and it will only include Destiny 2 as your free game. Other than that, you will have to purchase games on Stadia in order to play them.
We haven’t yet gotten to see what Stadia is all about yet, but having to purchase games without the ability to “rent” them may turn off some consumers.
Buy it now: Google Store (Stadia)