Google gaming declares war on the Xbox and PlayStation with $10 a month game Stadia streaming service

  • Stadia is a cloud-based Google gaming platform 
  • Primarily a storefront, not a subscription
  • Founders Edition ($129) available for pre-order now, launching in November

Google has finally revealed the details of its radical Stadia game streaming service.

Instead of the “Netflix of gaming” that many imagined, Stadia will instead allow members to purchase games from its library one at a time and stream them to their Chrome devices — no gaming console or downloads required.

The tech giant first announced plans for its cloud-based game streaming service back in March at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and today, we finally have the details.

Stadia is separated into two tiers: a free Stadia Base subscription and the $10 a month Stadia Pro. The Base subscription will let you purchase games individually and keep them in Google’s store, but you’ll only be able to stream at 1080p. Stadia Pro ups that to 4K resolution with HDR and 5.1 surround sound. You’ll also get a few free games a month with Pro, plus discounts on the rest of Stadia’s library.

Stadia ProStadia Base
Release dateNovember 20192020
Monthly price$9.99/mo.Free
ResolutionUp to 4K1080p
Frame rate60 FPS60 FPS
Access to free games
Discounts on game purchases

If you want access to Stadia when it’s released in November, you’ll have to pony up for the  “Founder’s Edition.” For $129, this is Google gaming’s makeshift console. You’ll get a Chromecast Ultra, a Stadia controller (which has received surprisingly positive reviews so far), three months of a Pro subscription for you and a friend, and first dibs on usernames. Both the Chromecast Ultra and Stadia controller retail for $69, so this is actually a pretty good deal if you don’t already have the hardware.

Where can you play?

While Google said Stadia will eventually work with most TVs and phones, Stadia will initially be fairly limited. You’ll only be able to play on a laptop or desktop with a Chrome browser, a TV with a Chromecast Ultra, and a Pixel 3 or 3A.

How much internet speed does Stadia require?

You’ll need at least 10 Mbps of download speeds to use Stadia at 720p resolution. If you want full 1080p HDR Video, Google gaming recommends a minimum of 20 Mbps. But if you plan on subscribing to Stadia Pro for 4K resolution, you’ll need 35 Mbps. Not sure what speeds you’re currently getting? Check out our speed test here.

What games will be available through Stadia?

As of now, Google has listed 28 games that will be available through Stadia at launch, but expect to see more names popping up over the next few months.

In fact, more should be announced at next week’s E3 gaming conference. Here’s everything Google announced today:

  • DOOM Eternal
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • Destiny 2
  • Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Metro Exodus
  • Thumper
  • GRID
  • 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
  • Gylt
  • Tomb Raider Trilogy
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Just Dance 2020