E3 2019: How Much Does The Google Stadia Pro Subscription Cost?
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Since it was first announced earlier this year, there have been some major questions lingering about Google Stadia, the upcoming cloud game streaming service. Many of those were finally answered just before E3 2019 this week. The Stadia Connect event on June 6 delivered more of the information that will make or break the service at launch, which we now know is coming in November 2019. The service will release in a limited capacity and expand next year with a two-tiered strategy. One of these tiers includes a subscription, but what is it and what does it include?
The subscription plan is called Stadia Pro, and it will cost $10 per month. It includes access to a selection of free games, discounts on full game purchases, and all games will run in 4K at 60fps with 5.1 surround sound. The only announced free game so far is full access to Destiny 2 with all of its add-ons, including the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion. Google hasn't detailed how many games will be included with a subscription at launch, or how often new games will be added.
At launch, Stadia access will only be available by purchasing the Founder's Edition. This comes with a three-month subscription Stadia Pro, which will become available to buy separately at a later date. The Founder's Edition also includes a Buddy Pass that gifts three months to a friend, a Chromecast Ultra, and a limited-edition controller. The Founder's Edition will cost $130.
A Stadia Pro subscription will be the only way to play Stadia at first, but not forever. A separate Stadia Base service will launch in 2020. That service will be free, but all games will have to be purchased a la carte. The resolution and sound quality will be slightly diminished too, at a max of 1080p and stereo sound. It won't include a Chromecast Ultra, but you can play on any Chrome browser or a Pixel 3 or 3a phone.
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