Come November, Google Stadia's launch will resemble those of traditional game consoles.
Stadia Base, a free version of the service, is coming in 2020.
So, we have already told you all the details of Stadia, such as the necessary Internet connection, the price of the service or the pack with Chromecast, but we have also detailed the games that will be available during the first bars of life and the difference between Stadia Pro and Stadia Base.
Presale for the Founders Edition is underway now. Repeatedly throughout today's presentation, game developers launching on Stadia talked about "bandwidth" and "infrastructure" and the intense load that hosting a reliable ultra-HD video stream that can respond to button inputs with super-low latency entails. There will also be a free version, but it will be trimmed down in certain areas like resolution and free games.
The paid subscription, aka Stadia Pro, will provide 4K, 60fps, HDR streaming for $9.99 per month.
That puts the service in a different position than Sony's PlayStation Now or Microsoft's upcoming xCloud, which offer a broad catalog of titles for a monthly fee.
Google Stadia releases later this year. You can play with the membership for 3 months. At 10 Mbps, Stadia will automatically scale the resolution down to 720p. But only older games will be included in the subscription - access to the newer titles will be bought separately.
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Stadia will launch in November in 14 countries (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland) with more regions following in 2020. That number, too, will expand beginning next year.
Sony now has a video game streaming service, PlayStationNow.
It should have pointed out very clearly that you won't need to buy a £350+ next-gen console for starters. However, more devices will be supported post launch.
Take a look at the Google Stadia website for an up-to-date list for the games you'll be able to play at launch, which Google says will be at least 30. Verizon, earlier this year, reportedly began testing a gaming service on select nVidia Shield set-top boxes.
The whole game industry seems to be headed in the same direction as Google.
The YouTube link is also crucial to Stadia's unique features, such as the ability to dive straight into a multiplayer game from a live YouTube video, joining the same session that you were just watching being streamed.
Buser says he dreams of seeing a game on Stadia that consists of "a single, living, breathing world that goes on for a decade or more", with no limits on how many players can occupy that shared universe at the same time.