If you've been meaning to try the pro tier of Google's streaming games platform, then you have some quick work to do to try it for free. Lenovo is offering anyone three months of Stadia Pro for free, if you sign up to its Legion Gaming community. You'll also have to jump through a few other hoops, but we've confirmed that it's working for new users in the US, at the very least.
There's a reason Google has become one of the most important companies on the internet: its core products like Gmail and search are great—when was the last time you looked something up with anything other than Google? And then there's Android, which under Google's stewardship has become the largest computing platform on Earth with devices ranging in price from dirt cheap to obscenely expensive. But Google doesn't always make the right call. In fact, it has royally screwed up on numerous occasions. Here are five of the worst Google missteps, as chosen by the AP staff in a spirited Slack debate.
Since Google announced that Stadia's first-party development arm, Stadia Games & Entertainment, would be shutting down, there's been a lot of online prognosticating about the platform's imminent death — but Google seems committed to making good on its pledge to keep bringing on third-party titles. Case in point: Square Enix's upcoming RPG-shooter Outriders has launched today, April 1, day-and-date with other platforms.
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Stadia's $10-a-month premium subscription, Stadia Pro, includes access to an ever-expanding catalog of games at no additional cost. The selection of redeemable games varies — Google adds a few each month, and sometimes removes some. Here, for your convenience, we've compiled a handy list of all the games you can claim right now.
Despite the announcement that Stadia has given up on developing first-party titles (and ensuant takes that the service was on its deathbed), Google seems intent on attracting new subscribers to its cloud gaming platform. In the latest effort to that end, Stadia is offering a free controller and Chromecast Ultra for anyone who buys Resident Evil Village — which is launching on the platform May 7, same as consoles and PC — by May 21.
This year hasn't been kind to Stadia, but Google can rest assured at least one major publisher is on its side. Earlier this week, Square Enix brought its hit JRPG Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age to the cloud-streaming platform, and its brand-new RPG-shooter Outriders is set to release next month. Stadia fans can look forward to another major title this fall, as Life is Strange: True Colors plans to go live on September 10th.
Lenovo doesn't seem to get the point of Stadia. It's offering three months of access to the service's $10 Pro tier if you buy a new Legion or IdeaPad Gaming-branded laptop or desktop PC. Which is nice. But the entire point of Stadia is that you don't need local gaming hardware to play it. So what's the point of tying a promotional freebie to gaming machines? Wouldn't it make more sense to offer free Stadia Pro on a low-cost machine that can't play high-end PC games?