During today’s livestream, Google unveiled a slew of pricing information regarding its Stadia cloud gaming platform, including a list of supported games.
Google gave gamers an early E3 present in the form of a livestream that offered plenty of information about Stadia, the company’s cloud gaming platform. The revolutionary new service is designed to allow you to stream games via the internet and instantly enjoy them across a variety of supported devices, including laptops, desktops, and Google’s Pixel phones.
The ability to instantly enjoy games in up to 4K on your TV without a traditional console or without having to first download them is enough to get people giddy; but, a lot of what Stadia is promising depends on the games that will support it. After all, without games, what good is it?
Before we get into the lineup of games, let’s first talk about Stadia’s pricing. Stadia will launch this November with a Founder’s Edition, currently available for pre-order. This $129.99 purchase comes with includes the exclusive Night Blue Stadia Controller, a Google Chromecast Ultra6 for streaming to your TV, and a Founder’s Stadia Name. It also provides three free months of Stadia Pro, which will serve as Google’s subscription service for the platform.
Stadia Pro will cost $9.99 a month and provide access to “an ever-expanding library of free games” – similar to Xbox Game Pass or PS Now. The first game offered through Stadia Pro will be Bungie’s Destiny 2: The Collection, which includes the base game and all previously released expansions plus the upcoming (and recently announced) Shadowkeep expansion.
It’s worth noting that not every game available to play through Stadia is included within this Stadia Pro library. I’m assuming this will be updated monthly with a few select games. Other than that, it looks like you’ll have to purchase individual games through Stadia, though you will get discounts on select titles.
As for the lineup itself, Google revealed a pretty healthy assortment of games available for the service, including some rather big-named titles such as Wolfenstein: Youngblood, The Division 2, Borderlands 3 and plenty more.
Here’s the full list of supported games outlined on the official Google Store (though there will be more available for purchase):
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2
- DOOM Eternal
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Destiny 2
- Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Metro Exodus
- SAMURAI SHODOWN
- Football Manager 2020
- Get Packed
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Crew 2
- The Division 2
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Trials Rising
- NBA 2K
- Borderlands 3
- Farming Simulator 19
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Rage 2
- FINAL FANTASY XV
- Tomb Raider Trilogy
- Darksiders Genesis
- Just Dance 2020
I’m going to assume this isn’t the full list of games supported at launch, or that this list will rapidly grow as more publishers and developers hop aboard the streaming bandwagon. Pricing for these games have not been revealed, unfortunately, but I would expect them to be around the cost of a regularly priced game at $60.
Like Steam or other digital storefronts, I’m going to assume Google Stadia will have regular sales and discounts, with Stadia Pro members getting additional price cuts. This hasn’t been confirmed though, just my own speculation.
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Launching next year is Stadia Base, which is seemingly just access to the platform itself, with no free games released regularly or discounts on game purchases. Access to Stadia Base will be free, so you’ll only have to pay for the cost of the games. You’ll also be capped at 1080p resolution, whereas Stadia Pro members can get up to 4K resolution.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with Stadia’s lineup and pricing. The ability to play these games without having to download them first and without a traditional console or high-end PC is an intriguing prospect.
The important thing to remember here is that this is still a new service with plenty of questions surrounding an all-streaming platform. It seems that the data requirements to support Stadia aren’t completely out of control, so that’s definitely a plus. Now we just have to see how the storefront actually operates.
What do you think of Google Stadia’s lineup of games and subscription pricing?