Google Reveals Stadia Launch Details: November 2019, Starting With a $129 Bundle

Most are now available on other systems, with the exception of Larian Studios' just announced Baldur's Gate 3, 2K's Borderlands 3 and a few others.

The list of games that will be available on Stadia includes Destiny 2, Baldur's Gate III, Gylt, Mortal Kombat X, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Get Packed, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Doom Eternal.

Google says that the aim of the platform is to provide a level of computational power that no gaming PC or console can ever match, which will allow devs to create more sophisticated experiences for Stadia than for any other platform.

Still, it's going to be a while until Stadia can offer something like that. Well, it's a little complicated. If you buy a copy of Final Fantasy XV, and Square Enix pulls out of Stadia a year later, you might lose access to something you paid for. It had laid out most of the details you'd want to hear, like pricing for the service itself as well as the cool features it will enable.

As it produces its own games, Google will also be courting other studios to move to its cloud-based model. The free "Stadia Base" service, with 1080p video and stereo sound, will arrive in 2020.

Along with the Founder Edition there will only be a single subscription tier available at launch, a $12 per month Stadia Pro sub.

For now, the games which will be there to purchase, or play as part of the subscription's free games that are going to be included on a regular basis, will potentially be just a fraction of the new games coming out elsewhere. Stadia games are all capable of 4k resolution and 60 fps with the subscription. If you're thinking Xbox Game Pass you'll be in step with Google's own thinking. That's likely in Canadian dollars, so could end up being around $10 USA or £10 in the UK. The official Stadia gamepad will retail for around $70 and comes in black, white, and wasabi colours, though Stadia supports a wide variety of pre-existing controllers. More playable devices and the ability to use any USB controller along with mouse and keyboards will come at a later date. Instead, Google will be limiting access to the service (at least for 2019) to customers who purchase a $129 hardware and service bundle from the company, which Google calls the Stadia Founders Edition. A $10 / €10 per month Pro subscription will let you stream in 4K HDR. This costs $129 in the USA, and £119 in the United Kingdom, and pre-orders are open right now.

The Stadia will run via your Chrome browser on most devices, the Stadia app on smartphones or through the Chromecast plug-in on TV. It is accompanied by a Chromecast Ultra, with which a player may be able to stream Stadia's up-to-4K gameplay.

The service can be used on various platforms just by logging into your Google account.

On Thursday Google announced that Stadia would be available in 14 regions including the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.