Google promised to announce Stadia pricing today, but details have leaked early. Perhaps Google hoped to soften the blow in its live-streamed announcement because the raw numbers don't look great. According to detailed posted early by Canada's La Presse newspaper, Stadia will have both a subscription and individual prices for games. That seems pretty unappealing.
According to the leak (which is all in Canadian dollars), the base subscription will run you C$11.99 per month (so maybe $10 US). That plan includes access to "some" Stadia games, but newer games will cost extra. So, it's like the previous incarnation of GeForce Now, which offered older games with the plan but charged for all the games people actually wanted to play. Stadia games are all capable of 4k resolution and 60 fps with the subscription.
Things will get a bit better in 2020 when Google launches a free tier of Stadia called "Stadia Base." This option limits streaming to 1080p, but that's probably fine for a lot of casual gamers. Stadia Base probably only includes the bundled Stadia games and not the ones requiring additional purchases. At launch, Stadia will reportedly include games like Doom, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the new Tomb Raider trilogy, and The Division 2. There will be a "Founders Edition" bundle for C$169 that includes the Stadia Controller, a Chromecast Ultra, a three-month subscription, and a copy of Destiny 2.
Google might offer some additional details when the Stadia stream gets underway in a little bit. We'll update with any new info.
Google's Stadia stream has confirmed the leaked info. The service will indeed have a subscription and purchased games. It'll cost $9.99 per month in the US, but the Founder's Edition pack is a bit more reasonable $129.99 stateside. The controller with that bundle is a limited-edition "night blue" model. Additional controllers are $69.99.
Stadia launches November 14 in the US, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and UK. Stadia will come to more countries in 2020. That's also when the free Stadia Base will launch. Check out all the details in our full post.
- La Presse