What you need to know
- Google Stadia is a cloud game streaming service.
- It's getting a lot of interesting games in the coming months.
- For the next two months, anyone can access it for free due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- You can purchase a Stadia bundle for $130 through the Google Store.
Google Stadia is a cloud game streaming service that launched in November 2019 to a lot of excitement. Unfortunately, the lack of games and technical issues when it comes to resolution and image quality have harmed the reputation of the service.
While you may not want to pay $10 a month to try out Stadia, an unproven service even now, you can try it for free for the next few months. Today, Phil Harrison, the Vice President and General Manager of Stadia, said the following in a press release Android Central received.
If you're new, playing on Stadia is simple. Just follow the instructions below.
- Go to Stadia.com to sign up.
- Download the Stadia app on Android or iOS.
- Play on your laptop, desktop, or Chrome OS tablet with a USB supported controller or mouse and keyboard.
- Play over Wi-Fi on Pixel or many supported Android phones.
Free accounts may be limited because, as 9 to 5 Google reports, many users are getting errors that there isn't enough space.
It's a little odd that Stadia is limiting resolution to 1080p. If you go by Destiny 2 and other multiplayer game numbers, hardly anyone uses Stadia so it's unclear what sort of increased demand they're putting on the internet. Stadia already looks blurry compared to Xbox One X, and now this is just giving players another reason to get Microsoft's console instead because almost all Xbox One X Enhanced games run at native 4K resolution on the system, without any compressing artifacts.
Everything you need
Stadia: Premiere Edition
A good way to start
This bundle includes everything you need to get started with Stadia. It includes the controller, Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2, Samurai Shodown, and three months of the Stadia Pro subscription for you and a friend. It's a great way to begin your game streaming journey.
Pick up the parts
You can buy everything together or you can get just the basics for Stadia. The Chromecast Ultra is available to purchase now and lets you stream 4K TV as well as play games.
All you need
A firm grip on what's needed
The Stadia Controller is all you need to use Stadia if you already have the Chromecast Ultra. You can also use it on your other devices. Get the Wasabi colored one, it's gorgeous.
Ouch just saw the hit about it going down to 1080p. *Insert shoulder shrug*
Wasn't the 1080p tier free anyway?
They still haven't launched the free tier, they're giving even those who pay 1080p only.
Did you read the article? It defaults to 1080p, but you can change the resolution back to 4k in app settings.
Google need to shout about this but not one advert in the UK apart from BT saying they get free X amount of months free when you take out bt Internet.
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