Google Stadia Pro is currently available for free. The premium subscription-based remote cloud gaming platform has been offered with any Google account. Interestingly, it is the ‘Pro’ version of the platform. The subscription allows subscribers unlimited access to a few premium games at Full HD resolution.
Google has announced that it is offering free access to Google Stadia Pro, the company’s subscription-based remote game streaming service. Although Google had promised it would launch a ‘Base’ subscription for the Google Stadia, it hadn’t officially done so. Instead, the Google Stadia Pro subscription has been made free for a limited time. The search giant has clearly indicated that it is granting free access to Stadia Pro primarily to assist in the ongoing global health crisis which is forcing people to stay indoors for prolonged periods of time.
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Google is launching the free version of its Stadia game streaming service today. Any Google Account user, which is essentially a Gmail account, can sign up for the service for free. Moreover, Google is throwing in access to Google Stadia Pro. It appears Google is offering a free two-month trial of Stadia Pro as part of the launch.
Google had promised it would launch a Base variant of the Stadia remote cloud game streaming service. The service now includes nine premium game titles, which include: Destiny 2, SteamWorld Dig 2, Metro Exodus, GRID, and a few more. Subscribers will be getting access to the Stadia Pro tier of membership, which gets a free game every month to keep, like Xbox Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus. If gamers are interested in popular games like Borderlands 3 or Rise of the Tomb Raider, they will have to buy them on the Stadia marketplace. Moreover, the games are only available to stream through Stadia. This means the purchase is invalid if a subscriber cancels the Google Stadia Pro subscription.
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The entire Google Stadia Pro remote cloud gaming subscription platform has a grand total of just 38 games. Google expects to add a total of 120 games within this year. Needless to add, the low number of games for a subscription model has been concerning for many gamers.
It is important to note that Google hasn’t made it clear that the free Base tier will continue to exist, but a Google representative has previously confirmed that it surely exists. Moreover, gamers will have the choice to upgrade and retain the Pro subscription after the two-month trial ends.
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In order to manage the large influx of gamers, Google has limited the game streaming quality to Full HD 1080p and not allowing the otherwise 4K resolution. The framerate is locked at 60Hz and sound is stereo instead of surround. There’s no time limit or gameplay restrictions. Existing subscribers to the service won’t have to pat for two months.
Is Google Attempting To Push Subscription Of Stadia Pro?
Google clearly implied that free access for a limited time to Google Stadia Pro is meant to lend a helping hand towards the ongoing health crisis. In an official blog post, Google Stadia VP and GM Phil Harrison claimed the intense pressures of the pandemic led them to finally open up the service,
“We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. 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 for two months.”
— iClarified (@iClarified) April 8, 2020
Until today, Stadia was only available via a $129 “Premiere Edition” that came with a controller. However, the newly opened access extends gamers multiple choices. Google Stadia can be accessed on a PC, TV or any other device that normally would never be able to support or run such premium game titles. Google Stadia Pro requires a compatible controller. A simple app installed on supported Android devices is enough. On PCs, players merely need the Chrome web browser. If playing on a TV, gamers will require the newly launched Chromecast Ultra as the standard variant doesn’t work with the service. There is no iOS support yet.