Google Stadia streaming requires subscription and game purchases

Google Stadia at GDC 2019
Google Stadia at GDC 2019 (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google Stadia details were leaked by an embargoed press release ahead of the reveal.
  • The service requires a $12 subscription and separate game purchases.
  • Probably 31 games are going to be available at launch.
  • It'll only work with a Chromecast at launch.

Updated June 6, 2019: According to a post by GamesRadar+, Stadia's free service will be capped at 1080p 30 FPS when it launches in 2020.

It wouldn't be E3 2019 without a few leaks. Over the past few days, Darksiders Genesis, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, and more games have been either leaked by retailers or outlets. Today, it's Google Stadia's turn. The French-language digital newspaper La Presse posted an embargoed press release before Google's event took place. The article was first spotted by users on ResetEra.

Everything from Stadia's pricing, games, and requirements were revealed. The highlights of the leaked press release have to be that it's launching in November, requires Chromecast at launch, costs $12 a month with separate game purchases, and comes with previously-released titles like Doom. You can read about everything La Presse revealed below.

  • Stadia is launching in 14 countries in November with 31 games at launch.
  • The "Stadia: Founder's Edition" costs $170 and comes with a controller, Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2, and a three-month subscription.
  • You need a Chromecast device for Stadia to work at launch, but it should work with Google Chrome in 2020.
  • Stadia only works through a subscription at first, but a free version which offers 1080p streaming should launch in 2020.
  • The "Stadia Pro" subscription costs $12 a month and features 4K resolution and 60 frames per second (FPS) video streaming.
  • Older games with be included with the Stadia Pro subscription.
  • New games will have to be bought separately and will probably cost $60.
  • Google Stadia needs 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to work, but the image quality may be quite blurry.
  • The service requires 35 Mbps download for optimal 4K content and will probably use 20 GB or more data every hour.
  • Old games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2, The Division 2, Doom, and Tomb Raider are part of the catalog.

There were rumors floating around that Stadia would be a free service, but that doesn't appear to be the case. You have to pay $12 if you want to play games at 4K 60 FPS. While you get older titles with the subscription, the latest releases will cost you more. The latest "AAA" games will probably start at $60 just like they do on Xbox One and other platforms.

Are you interested in Google Stadia? What do you think of the pricing model and Founder's Edition? Let us know. It'll be interesting to see how Google Stadia compares with Microsoft's game streaming service, Project xCloud, when it's revealed on June 9. It's definitely an exciting time to be a gamer, that's for sure!

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9 Comments
  • I am looking forward to Stadia and have my reminder set to watch the live event. The pricing kind of gets me though, since I do not game as much as I use to.
  • Comcasts 1TB data cap will be the unfortunate killer of this service for me
  • It's an interesting concept, but I don't think I'd be willing to buy games from Google just to have them vanish into the ether when Google kills Stadia off after 2 or 3 years.
  • I was thinking the same thing. At least it is less likely that Sony or Microsoft will pull the plug on their game systems and the electronic games.
  • "will probably use 20 GB or more data every hour" Yikes!! I Iive in an area where there is no Comcast data cap and I still wouldn't do this.
  • That's how much data I use in two weeks!
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  • Streaming anything in 4K 60 Hz uses crazy amounts of data, what were you guys expecting?
  • Put in my pre-order :)
  • Process of the leak were wrong... Whole thing was quite underwhelming really.