Google’s foray into the video game industry is coming in November, as the search giant announced its Stadia service will open to pre-order customers at that time.
Stadia will be a streaming-focused platform, seeing you using a compatible device to play without a console or PC. Instead, the processing is done at one of Google’s server farms, allowing for play of up to 4K 60 FPS. The service will be priced at $9.99 per month for 4K quality and will require a high-speed connection speed of at least 35 meg to get that quality.
Google announced a Stadia Founder’s Edition, which will be available for $129. The package will include a controller, a Chromecast Ultra, as well as three months of service for you, and three months to share with a friend. If you want to play this year, you’ll have to drop the coin for the Founder’s service, as wider play will be available sometime in 2020.
Players will have the option to buy games through Google, and those purchases don’t require you to have a subscription for 1080p 60 FPS access, although once again, that service will not launch until next year.
So how well does the service work? Well, I was one of the lucky ones who got to beta test Project Stream last year, and I found that Assasin’s Creed Odyssey worked amazing on my Mac. The game never went to 4K, but it was certainly playing at 1080p on my screen. I found there to be almost no lag whatsoever, and I was very impressed.
If Google has tweaked its service even more than before, I wouldn’t be surprised if Stadia shocks the industry and becomes a viable gaming option.