Google has announced that its Stadia platform for gamers is now free for everyone with a Gmail address. What’s even better is that Google is offering Stadia Pro free for two months to new users. Besides this Google is also offering nine games for free with this. As for the existing Stadia Pro users they won’t be charged for two months.
Previously subscribing to the service required purchasing the $129 Google Stadia Premiere Edition. This package bundled a Chromecast Ultra, a wireless Stadia Controller, and three months of Stadia Pro. Stadia Pro offered free games and video streams up to 4K resolution and 60 frames per second with HDR lighting. Since April 8 this price has been negated but the streams have been locked to a maximum 1080p. All users have to do is sign up on the website. Though besides the nine games, users will have to purchase their own games. All these games can be played on PC, Chrome OS tablet, Google Pixel phone, and other supported Android devices. Though Google has launched its own Stadia controller, it is not a necessity. Users can just use their own supported USB controller or mouse and keyboard.
Nine free games with Google Stadia
– Destiny 2: The Collection
– SteamWorld Dig 2
– SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
– Serious Sam Collection
– Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks)
After the two month trial period is over Google will charge users $9.99 per month. But Google says that users can cancel their subscription any time they want. Google said that they are limiting the streaming quality so as not to overload any of the ISPs.
Google wrote, “We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Keeping social distance is vital, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating. Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home, so we’re giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia Pro for two months.”