Google Stadia launches November in 14 countries
Google Stadia, the tech giant’s game streaming service, will launch in 14 countries in November, the company announced on Thursday. The only way to get Stadia within its early launch is to purchase a Founder’s Edition pack to enable the service, Google said.
The Stadia Founder’s Edition will include a Chromecast Ultra, which supports the 4K gameplay that Google is promising; a limited-edition “midnight blue” controller; a three-month Stadia Pro subscription, plus one voucher to give the same subscription to a friend; and the ability to reserve a Stadia username early, which is tied to the user’s Google account. The Founder’s Edition will launch in United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. It retails for $129.99 in the United States; full country-specific pricing can be found on the G-Store, which is the only place Google is selling it.
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The Founder’s Edition also grants players free access to Destiny 2 and all its existing expansions. Google confirmed 30 games available during “the launch window,” including Doom Eternal and Baldur’s Gate 3.
The limited country rollout — and lack of broad retail partnerships — signals that this may be a way for Google to test Stadia’s limits at the start. It’s promising all games will run in 4K resolution, 60 fps, with HDR support and with 5.1 surround sound, and such low latency that they are playable over Wi-Fi. The free version of Stadia’s services — 1080p at 60 fps with stereo sound — isn’t due to launch until 2020.
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