Everything you need to know about Google Stadia but were too afraid to ask – Q&A Roundup

Google Stadia is here. Almost. But there are so many questions about the service, how does it work, what games can you play, what equipmetnt you need and how fast should your internet speed be.

You got questions, I have answers so prepare your wallet for what looks like an amazing gaming experience!

What is Google Stadia?

Google Stadia is a streaming gaming service from Google. No need to buy a gaming console or a computer as this will work with your existing TV, browser and an internet connection.

How do you get Google Stadia?

You will need an internet connection and a controller.

Let’s start with the controller. Google has its own controller which has a dedicated capture button, presumingly to share your footage via YouTube. It also has a Google Assistant button which you can press to activate the mic and chat with your gaming squad. Stadia is also compatible with various existing controllers too and you can play with a mouse and keyboard.

If you would like to game on your TV, you will need the Chromaecast Ultra.

If you want to play on your computer, tablet and/or Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a phone, then you will just need to log in via the Chrome browser.

On the Pixel 3 there is also an app and more phones will become available too.

How much does/ will Stadia cost?

Stadia Pro will cost $9.99 per month. You will be able to play games in up to 4K resolution at 60 fps with 5.1 surround sound. There will also be free games included which will be “released regularly” starting with Destiny 2: The Collection. You will also get discounts on purchasing additional games.

How to get Google Stadia for free?

Want Google Stadia for free? no problem, but you will have to wait until 2020. With the free option, you get up to 1080p resolution, stereo sound and there will be no free games.

How can you get Google Stadia first?

If you want to get exclusive benefits and the first on the platform you can get the Founder’s Edition. The cost is $129. In this package you get into Stadia first when it launches, a Chromecast Ultra so you can stream at 4K at 60fps on your Big Screen TV and a limited edition “night blue” controller. You will also get 3 months of Stadia Pro which as part of this Founder’s Edition.

If you want to play with a friend, you will also get a “Buddy Pass” code for three months to give out and you can grab an additional controller for $69. An additional perk is being able to choose your Stadia name – so no more JohnSmith999.

Finally, you will also get the Destiny 2 as part of this package.

What should my internet speed to play Google Stadia games?

In order to play the 4K games with surround sound, you will need a connection speed of at least 35 Mbps. If you have 10Mbps connection you will still be able to play at 720p with stereo sound.

Which countries will be able to access Stadia?

At this time, only the following countries will be able to access Stadia:

  • Belgium
  • Fineland
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherland
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Uk
  • USA

When will Google Stadia be available?

It is said to launch in November 2019

Which games will Google Stadia have?

Here is a collection I put together from various internet chatter, websites, tweets and videos:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Doom Eternal
  • Destiny 2
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • The Division 2
  • Baldur’s Gate III
  • Doom
  • Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • GYLT
  • Get Packed
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Football Manager
  • GRID
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Metro Exodus
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • NBA 2K
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Rage 2
  • Samurai Shodown
  • The Crew 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Thumper
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Where can you order Google Stadia?

You can pre-order your Founder’s Edition here on the Stadia website

*images from the Google Stadia website

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