Google Stadia, how it works and how much games cost

Google Stadia is a game streaming platform available for smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs. Here's how it works

Today sees the debut of Google Stadia, the game streaming service created by the Mountain View giant, and nothing will be the same as before in the gaming universe. Unveiled last March 19, finally are turned on the powerful servers that will support the new and innovative online streaming platform dedicated to video games.

This is a service designed for those who love to play and who do not want to have problems with the support of consoles. In fact, the main feature of Google Stadia is the possibility to play continuously on any supported device: smartphones, tablets, PCs and televisions. Starting today, Tuesday, November 19th, those who have pre-ordered the Founders Edition, the Premiere Edition or have received a Buddy Pass from a friend or relative will have exclusive access to Google Stadia. For the others still nothing to do, they will have to wait until 2020. At launch there are 22 games available, which will be enriched over time.

Google Stadia: how it works

To access Google Stadia you need a good internet connection and a device that supports the new platform (smartphone, tablet, computer, TV with Chromecast). Google Stadia can be used as a digital store of video games or to subscribe: Stadia Pro. Using Google Stadia in the free version and you will be able to buy games with your account and with a minimum resolution of 1080p at 60 fps.

On the contrary, by subscribing to Stadia Pro (9.99 euros per month) you have access to games in 4K at 60 fps with 5.1 surround sound, along with the ability to play some titles for free (initially only Destiny2). All other games in the digital store must be purchased, also taking advantage of discounts reserved for premium users. The strong point of Google Stadia consists in offering a new game mode, where what makes the difference is not the hardware, i.e. having a certain device or not, but the quality of the connection.

Google Stadia: video game prices

And with the arrival of Google Stadia, the Mountain View giant finally unveils game prices. Attenzione, i prezzi appena diffusi da Big G sono, per ora, destinati al mercato americano e potrebbero differire rispetto a quelli europei e italiani. Ecco la tabella con i prezzi:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey –  99 dollari – 30.00 dollari per chi ha l’abbonamento a Stadia Pro
  • Gylt – 29.99 dollari
  • Just Dance 2020 – 49.99 dollari
  • Kine – 19.99 dollari
  • Mortal Kombat 11 – 59.99 dollari – 41.99 dollari per chi ha l’abbonamento a Stadia Pro
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – Launch Edition – 59.99 dollari
  • Samurai Showdown – 59.99 dollari
  • Thumper – 19.99 dollari
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider – 59.99 dollari
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – 29.99 dollari
  • Tomb Raider 2013 – 19.99 dollari – 10.00 dollari per chi ha l’abbonamento a Stadia Pro
  • Final Fantasy XV – 39.99 dollari – 29.99 dollari per chi ha l’abbonamento a Stadia Pro

Titoli Special Edition

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Stadia Ultimate Edition – 119.99 dollari – 60.00 dollari per chi ha l’abbonamento a Stadia Pro
  • Mortal Kombat 11 Premium Edition – 89.99 dollari – 62.99 dollari per chi ha l’abbonamento a Stadia Pro
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition – 79.99 dollari
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition – 99.99 dollari