A Stadia Connect livestream has just been held to give us more news on Google's upcoming Stadia platform designed to deliver games to us via streaming, and VP and General Manager at Google Phil Harrison told us that this will start off by delivering games to TVs, desktops, laptops, tablets, and Pixel smartphones at launch, namely the Pixel 3 and 3A models.
Google wasted no time showing us one game coming to the service, which is Baldur's Gate III from Larian Studios. Studio founder and director Swen Vincke appeared on the stream to describe Stadia as "the next leap", and that Baldur's Gate III is the biggest game the studio has ever done, meaning they had to triple in size to cover the high-cost RPG. We were also told that the game can achieve the highest-quality setting through Stadia.
Harrison then informed us about the connection speeds required for Stadia, and to get the highest-quality gameplay - meaning 4K, HDR, 60 FPS, and 5.1 surround sound - you'll be needing around 35 Mbps. The infographic gives you more details on what you'll get with various speeds:
How do we play though? Well a Chromecast is needed to play on TV, but you can also use Chrome itself. Essentially, it can be delivered to any device that uses Chrome, with the aim to serve more devices as time goes on, like other smartphones. The controller then connects directly to the game, and you're good to go.
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is one of the games coming to Stadia at launch, with the video showing us the stream connect feature Stadia uses to combine streams. We also got a new trailer for Tequila Works' horror game Gylt, as well as The Division 2.
Coatsink's four-player game Get Packed, featuring couch and online co-op, was also shown, coming in 2020, with Mortal Kombat 11 shown off as another game without a specific time of arrival mentioned.
In terms of what you'll need to pay, Stadia Pro is a subscription costing $9.99 USD a month that gives you regular content at the highest quality, but those of you who want to really push the boat out can get a Founder's Edition for $129, with pre-orders open right now.
This provides you with a Chromecast Ultra for streaming at the best quality, a limited edition Night Blue Stadia Controller, three months of Stadia Pro, and a three-month buddy pass to allow a friend to try Stadia. If you want another controller, these cost $69 and come in Clearly White, Just Black, or Wasabi. We were also told these users would be the first to get to choose their name on Stadia.
The Founder's Edition is coming in November to Belgium, Finland, Canada, Denmark, France, Norway, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK, US first, before arriving in additional countries in 2020 and beyond.
Destiny 2 will be included with this package as well, featuring the base game, all add-ons, the latest expansion, and an annual pass. What's more is that we were told you can transfer Destiny character from "any other platforms" as well, which seems to conflict with earlier reports that this might not be compatible with PS4.
Those who don't want the Founder's Edition can get what's called Stadia Base though, which comes without a subscription and means you can buy games when you want them, rather than accessing a catalog.
We were promised more details in future Stadia Connect streams, but before he left Harrison gave us a list of titles that are coming to Stadia, including Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Doom Eternal, The Crew 2, Grid, Football Manager, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, Farming Simulator 19, The Elder Scrolls Online, Darksiders: Genesis, Trials Rising, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Just Dance, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Thumper, Final Fantasy XV, Rage 2, Samurai Shodown, and Metro Exodus.
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