E3 2019: Google Stadia Releases November 2019, Priced at £119
Google Stadia will release this November for £119 (or $130), Google confirmed during its recent Stadia Connect livestream.
Revealed by Google in March at the 2019 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Stadia is a video game streaming service that could mark a seismic shift for the games industry. Thursday’s livestream confirmed more details about the service, including the price, some of the games, and (most importantly) the minimum specs.
Launching in fourteen territories (including the US, UK and Canada), would-be early adopters can pre-order a ‘Founders Edition’ of the Stadia controller — the only piece of hardware distinctly tied to Stadia. ‘Founders’ will also receive a Chromecast Ultra (required to use the device), three months of the Stadia subscription, and the ability to get your username in there early.
The Stadia subscription will start at $9.99 with a free tier planned for release in 2020. The ‘premium’ subscription will give players access to select games (only Destiny 2 at the time of writing) with more being available for purchase through Stadia for streaming. Speaking to The Verge, Google’s director of games Jack Buser says: “We will sell these games like any other digital storefront.” You can see a full list of confirmed games and publishers below.
So what about the specs? Streaming these games will require at least a 10Mbps connection for 720p/30fps, with 1080p/HDR coming in at 20Mbps and 4K/HDR requiring 35Mbps, with the highest quality tier only being available to Stadia’s $9.99 per month subscribers.
Finally, Google Stadia will be available to be played via a Chromecast Ultra (of course), but also via anything with a Chrome browser, or Google Pixel 3. The service will expand to other devices (Roku, iOS, and more) at a later date.
Stadia’s November launch should prove incredibly interesting, especially as they begin to roll out some of the features showcased during their March livestream.
Below is the current list of games and publishers confirmed to be releasing on Stadia:
- Bandai Namco - Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Bethesda - DOOM Eternal, DOOM 2016, Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Bungie - Destiny 2
- Capcom - TBD
- Coatsink - Get Packed (Stadia exclusive)
- Codemasters - GRID
- Deep Silver - Metro Exodus
- Drool - Thumper
- Electronic Arts - TBD
- Giants Software - Farming Simulator 19
- Larian Studios - Baldur’s Gate 3
- nWay Games - Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- Rockstar Games - TBD
- Sega - Football Manager
- SNK - Samurai Shodown
- Square Enix - Final Fantasy XV, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- 2K Games - NBA 2K, Borderlands 3
- Tequila Works - Gylt (Stadia exclusive)
- Warner Bros. - Mortal Kombat 11
- THQ - Darksiders Genesis
- Ubisoft - Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Trials Rising, The Crew 2
Google has said that more games will be revealed throughout E3 too, so expect to see Stadia listed alongside traditional consoles in some new reveals going forward. Still, that current list of publishers has to be encouraging to anyone looking to get in at the ground floor.
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