Instead, for $9.99, subscribers will have access to 4K resolution, 60fps, 5.1 surround sound, and a free game a month starting with Destiny 2: The Collection. Doronichev did add “give or take,” meaning there might be some months with more than one game, or no game at all.
Using Stadia itself is free, and if you don’t subscribe to Pro you’ll still be able to stream games at 1080p in 60fps with stereo sound. The main thing about the Stadia’s game library is that you’ll still have to purchase the games you want from retailers or publishers and build your own library. The free games from Stadia Pro will help pad out your library also.
Another thing to note is that, like PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold, you’ll lose access to your free Stadia Pro games if you stop subscribing at any time. You’ll re-gain access to those games if you resubscribe to Pro, and Google confirmed it will not remove games from your Stadia library, even if it gets de-listed.
Doronichev revealed some additional details about Stadia including how there will be some form of achievements, but not at launch. Same with Bluetooth audio which won’t be available at launch, either.
Google Stadia will be released sometime in November 2019. You can pre-order a Stadia Founder’s Edition for $129. It comes with Stadia’s custom controller, a Chromecast Ultra, three-month subscription to Stadia Pro, early claim to a user name, and a copy of Destiny 2. Be sure to check out our hands-on demo with Stadia and Doom: Eternal.
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