Google Stadia: Great Price, Speed, and Accessibility
Google has released even more information about its cloud gaming service Stadia today. It will be able to run 4K 60FPS and 5.1 Surround Sound with a connection of at least 35 mbps (millabytes per second is a unit that measures the speed of your internet connection). At launch later this year in November, the service will be eligible on TV’s, desktops, laptops, tablets, and Pixel phones starting with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, and 3A and 3A XL and, eventually, on other smartphones. The service will do this with no downloads, no patches, and no installs at all. You won’t need a big, bulky console such as an Xbox One X or a PS4, since the storage will come from Google’s datacenters. You wil need a controller or a mouse and a keyboard to play Stadia. Cognoscenti recommends the Stadia Controller, since it is meant specifically for Stadia. To play on a TV, however, you will need to buy a Google Chromecast Ultra separately. With all the other gaming platforms all you will need is the free Google Chrome browser. There also will be a Stadia app on Google’s Pixel phones.
Google’s standard Stadia Pro will cost $9.99/month, will include 4K, HDR, 60 fps, and 5.1 Surround Sound, and will come out sometime in November 2019. Google’s premium edition is their Stadia Founders Edition, which costs $129 and can be pre ordered right now. This provides early access to Stadia. It comes with the Google Chromecast Ultra, a limited edition Stadia controller, and three months of Stadia Pro. It also comes with a three-month Stadia Pro Buddy Pass, which you can give to a friend or a family member. You will also get the Stadia username you want before anyone else, and the bragging rights of being an early adopter. Finally, you will enjoy all the glory that Destiny 2 has to offer. There will also be Stadia Base, which is where you pay a certain price for a game. It has the same quality as Stadia Pro with 4K HDR 60fps and 5.1 Surround Sound. If you play lots of different games, go with Stadia Pro or the Founder’s Edition.
Google Stadia is impressive and innovative. It’s unique and offered at a competitive price. Who knows? Maybe your next gaming equiment won’t be a big and bulky console. Instead, it will be the Google Stadia.