Google has finally unveiled its game streaming platform, which the search giant has dubbed Stadia. The new service is being billed as the future of gaming, where users don't need an expensive console or PC to stream high-end games.

Here's what you need to know about Stadia.

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Google Stadia Founder's Edition

You can preorder the Founder's Edition now

Google Stadia Founder's Edition offers up to $300 value for just $130. If you preorder ahead of the service's launch this November, you get a Chromecast Ultra, limited-edition Night Blue Stadia controller, three months of Stadia Pro, and more.

What is Google Stadia?

Stadia is a new game streaming platform from Google that doesn't require an expensive console or PC. Instead, it uses the cloud to deliver high-end gaming to people around the world, whether they're using a smartphone, Chromebook, Chromecast, or tablet.

Because Stadia is built around the cloud, gamers can instantly access titles without the need of a physical disc. Google said gamers can boot up the game of their choice in as little as five seconds.

Phil Harrison, Vice President and GM of Google Stadia, explained Google's approach to the new service:

Using our globally connected network of Google data centers, Stadia will free players from the limitations of traditional consoles and PCs.

When players use Stadia, they'll be able to access their games at all times, and on virtually any screen. And developers will have access to nearly unlimited resources to create the games they've always dreamed of.

When Stadia becomes available, Google says the service will stream games up to 4K and 60 frames per second with HDR and surround sound. In the future, Stadia may even support 8K streaming.

Google launches Stadia to take on the Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch

How much does Stadia cost?

Google Stadia will offer two plans: Stadia Pro and Stadia Base.

Stadio Pro will come with a monthly cost of $9.99 and the best gaming experience Google's service has to offer. You'll be able to stream 4K resolution, 60 fps, HDR and 5.1 surround sound. Stadio Pro also features free games, such as Destiny 2, and exclusive discounts.

Stadia Base will be offered for free, but it comes with some limitations. For example, it offers up to 1080p resolution, stereo sound, and no free games or exclusive discounts. The free option does, however, offer 60 fps.

What games can I play?

Last year, Google launched a beta for an experiment known as Project Stream, which allowed gamers to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey through a Chrome. The test was designed to prove that high-end game streaming is possible through a browser—and on most devices, not just a powerful console.

  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Gylt
  • Doom Eternal
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • Destiny 2
  • Power Rangers: Battle For the Grid
  • Samurai Shodown
  • The Crew 2
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Trials Rising
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Rage 2
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider Trilogy
  • Borderlands 3
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • NBA 2K
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • The Division 2
  • Get Packed
  • Metro Exodus
  • Grid
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Baldur's Gate 3

Notably, Google announced it's also launching a dedicated gaming studio, led by Jade Raymond, that will create games exclusively for the new platform.

What kind of internet connection do I need?

Google Stadia will take an "instant access" approach when it launches. As such, it'll require a robust internet connection in order to work as seamlessly as promised.

Stadia's resolution ranges from 4K to 720p, depending on your internet connection, with a minimum of 10 Mbps required. If you want the best possible quality (4K HDR video, 60 fps, 5.1 surround sound), you'll need 35 Mbps.

Assuming your internet connection is solid, you'll be able to access Stadia on a variety of devices, including TVs, laptops, desktops, tablets, and even smartphones. According to Google, users will be able to seamlessly move between the device of their choice when playing a game, so they can always pick up right where they left off.

What controllers work with Stadia?

Stadia will support a number of Bluetooth controllers at launch, including controllers from Microsoft and Sony. Gamers will also be able to use a keyboard and mouse for more precise control.

Additionally, Google is launching its own controller that features deeper integration with Stadia. The layout is pretty traditional by gaming standards, with two additional buttons with extra Stadia functionality.

One button is for Google Assistant, in case you need help during a particularly challenging puzzle. The other button is for sharing content on YouTube. Users will have control over how their clips are shared, whether it be private or among select friends.

The controller can also directly connect to Stadia through Wi-Fi "for the best possible gaming performance."

When the Stadia controller launches, it'll be available in white, black, and aqua, similar to the company's Pixel smartphone lineup.

It features integration with YouTube

As you'd expect, Stadia will have deep integration with YouTube.

In a world where there are more than 200 million people watching game-related content daily on YouTube, Stadia makes many of those games playable with the press of a button. If you watch one of your favorite creators playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, simply click the "play now" button. Seconds later, you'll be running around Ancient Greece in your own game/on your own adventure—no downloads, no updates, no patches and no installs.

Stadia has also been designed to bring YouTube creators and audiences together. Say your favorite content creator is playing NBA 2K19. With a new feature called Crowd Play, you'll be able to request to play with or against them with the press of a button.

If you're an aspiring content creator, Stadia will make it really easy to capture content, create highlights, and livestream gameplay, with no extra capture cards or complicated setup.

Finally, users will be able to access Google Assistant to watch YouTube videos while playing a game. Say, for example, you can't figure out the solution to a puzzle. Just ask Assistant for help and it will find a YouTube video with the answer.

Preorder Stadia Founder's Edition

To ensure you play Stadia the day it becomes available, check out Stadia Founder's Edition, which is a bundle that features a limited-edition controller.

Available for $130, Stadia Founder's Edition is offered exclusively through the Google Store. Here's what you get.

  • Chromecast Ultra
  • Limited-edition Night Blue Stadia Controller
  • 3 months of Stadia Pro with Buddy Pass
  • First dibs at Stadia name
  • Destiny 2: The Collection

Stadia Founder's Edition is available in limited quanitites, so act fast.

When and where does Stadia launch?

Google will launch Stadia Pro this November, with Stadia Base coming sometime in 2020. The service will be available in 14 countries at launch and it'll expand to more next year.

  • U.S.
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • U.K.

Game on

Google Stadia Founder's Edition

You can preorder the Founder's Edition now

Google Stadia Founder's Edition offers up to $300 value for just $130. If you preorder ahead of the service's launch this November, you get a Chromecast Ultra, limited-edition Night Blue Stadia controller, three months of Stadia Pro, and more.

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