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

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Google held its first Stadia Connect today (June 6, 2019) to announce more details on its new cloud-gaming service prior to its actual launch.

Google already confirmed that Destiny 2: The Collection will be part of the Pro subscription, but what about other confirmed Stadia games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Doom Eternal and Mortal Kombat 11? Google has confirmed a pair of Stadia-exclusive launch titles - United Kingdom -based Coatsink Software Ltd.'s Get Packed and Spanish game maker Tequila Works SL's Gylt - with as-yet unannounced projects underway at its own first-party studio, Stadia Games and Entertainment. At launch, Stadia is available on desktop, laptop, Chromecast-connected TVs and the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a.

The Stadia controller, meanwhile, is going to cost $69 in the USA and £59 in the UK.

Gamers like my son that have custom PC rigs specifically for this goal won't likely take Google up on this service.

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"Coming in 2020, Stadia Base is how you will play games you purchase in up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second without an active subscription to Stadia Pro", says Google. Stadia is projected to launch by year's end in the US, UK, Canada and a good portion of the EU. For instance, you'll need to have a Google Account. At some point next year, Stadia will work on any Google device as well as on Google Chrome.

If you're wanting to get in on the action asap and want to pick up some perks in the process, Stadia is offering preorders for the Founder's Edition which includes an exclusive Midnight Blue version of the controller.

Firstly, the service will launch through a Founder's Edition kit. That plan includes access to "some" Stadia games, but newer games will cost extra. Players will also be able to recommend titles to friends. Digital Foundry tested Stadia and found it has about twice the latency - 166 milliseconds versus 79 milliseconds - that players experience when playing games on a PC.

At launch, it appears there will be tons of games to play, but Google chose to highlight a certain few for this event. Paying full price to stream a game with no guarantee of a quality experience isn't going to work. Should Stadia adopt a similar model, it may include "tiers" with different monthly subscription options and/or outright purchase pricing for individual games. The Stadia Controller will be available separately for $70 in Clearly White, Just Black, and Wasabi colors. For this, the customer gets to crank the gameplay up to the aforementioned 4K, which will run at up to 60fps and stream with 5.1 surround sound.

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