Google Stadia release date set for November 19
What you need to know
- Stadia is Google's upcoming game streaming platform.
- Stadia Founder's Edition is now set to release on November 19.
- You can preorder Stadia Founder's Edition for $129 from Google (opens in new tab).
Google has just announced that Stadia Founder's Edition is set to release on November 19. According to Google, you'll be able to start playing games through Stadia at 9:00 a.m. PDT. Pre-orders of Stadia Founder's Edition and Premiere Edition are going to ship in the order that they were recieved, so if you weren't one of the first to order, yours might be arriving a bit later. You'll get an email confirmation once your order ships, which will be followed by a code to activate your Stadia account.
Stadia Founder's Edition and Premiere Edition both include three months of Stadia Pro, a controller and a Chromecast Ultra. Stadia Base, the free service that is solely used for streaming games you've bought, is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2020.
Several major titles will be available at launch for Stadia, including Mortal Kombat 11 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Cyberpunk 2077 is also coming to the platform when it releases in April 2020. If you'd like to know the full list of games that'll be available to play through Stadia at launch, you can check the list here. There are two exclusive titles coming to Stadia, Orcs Must Die 3 and Gylt, though the former is only a timed exclusive.
Google has set up a first-party studio, Stadia Games and Entertainment, under industry veteran Jade Raymond. It will likely be some time before we see this team produce exclusive titles though.
Everything you need
A good way to start
This bundle includes everything you need to get started with Google Stadia. It includes the controller, Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2, and three months of the Stadia Pro subscription for you and a friend. It's a great way to begin your game streaming journey
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I already have a Chromecast Ultra. Do they sell a membership package that just has the controller?
Confusingly, no. Google is selling the controller by itself - but it comes with a warning that it doesn't include the membership. The membership is only available (right now) through the Founder's/Premiere Edition (depends on your country). I presume that'll change shortly after launch but there's been no actual statement on it. Personally, I'm not a fan of this partial roll-out.
Someone help me out here... If I buy this now, then I can use it next month, but if I decide it's not worth paying $10/mo for Pro after the trial runs out... Then I'm left with a useless controller for a while (because Base won't be available until later next year)? Or am I missing something?
You're not missing anything. Google is letting people buy controllers individually but as of this moment, you can't subscribe without the Founder's edition. I have to imagine that's changing at launch in November though.