There’s still no launch date, but Google Stadia has revealed its subscription pricing and a three-month bundle including Destiny 2.
While Google Stadia is at E3 next week, it’s only in a relatively limited capacity and it seems like most of the announcements are going to be made in Nintendo Direct style livestreams called Google Connect.
The first one has just finished and it reveals the UK price for a one month subscription to be a very reasonable seeming £8.99. But if you want to use Stadia from day one you’ll have to buy the £119 Founder’s Pack.
Google were really trying to push pre-orders for the Founder’s Pack, which includes a three-month subscription, plus another one you can gift to a friend. You also get a Chromecast Ultra dongle (needed to get Stadia working on a TV), a limited edition Night Blue Stadia Controller, and the chance to nab the Stadia Name (equivalent to gamertags) you want before anyone else.
The Founder’s Pack will also include access to currently undisclosed games and discounts on buying others, outright, but the big draw at launch will be Destiny 2: The Collection.
This includes everything ever released for the game and the new Shadowkeep expansion coming out this autumn – the first to be released since Bungie split from Activision and became their own publisher.
As an extra incentive to existing fans you’ll be able to transfer your Destiny 2 save from any other format and use it in Stadia, so you won’t have to start from scratch.
Pre-orders for the Founder’s Pack are open now from here, with Google claiming the pack has an actual value of £250.
If you don’t like the idea of subscriptions you will be able to buy games separately and own them permanently (or as much as you own anything digital) via a service called Stadia Base, although that won’t come online till next year.
A price for the Stadia controller was also announced, of £59, and that’s up for pre-order too. Although you can use any compatible controller or a mouse and keyboard instead if you prefer.
However, it’s worth pointing out that Stadia does not work on any smartphone other than Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a, with other models and brands not expected to be compatible until next year.
Perhaps the biggest question though is whether your broadband connection is fast enough to stream the games at a decent quality, with the best requiring around 35Mbps.
Google claims that you can still get a good quality 720p experience at just 10Mbps, but of course that’s something everyone will want to test in person rather than take anyone’s word for.
If you want to test your connection speed you can do so here, and as Google point out their Project Stream test last year, which used the PC version of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, already worked very well for most people.
So it seems the streaming future really is here – or at least whenever Stadia goes online later this year.
All confirmed Google Stadia games
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Baldur’s Gate III
The Crew 2
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
The Elder Scrolls Online
Farming Simulator 19
Final Fantasy XV
Mortal Kombat 11
Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
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