Google Stadia has confirmed a November 2019 release in 14 countries, the U.S. included. Stadia boasts cross-platform gaming as early as day one. The new gaming system won’t need a console and can be played in 4k on TVs, laptops, desktops, and of course Google’s Pixel phones.
Premium and founder’s editions available for pre-order
The Founder’s Edition of the Google Stadia sold out in most European countries, even before the official release date. Console-free 4K gaming on any screen proves alluring to any enthusiast, not wanting to be tied down to one console. Stadia states you won’t have to wait for game downloads anymore and can hop right in start playing. You’ll be able to play at up to 60 FPS in 4K resolution and high definition surround sound.
Depending on your internet connection, resolution may vary
The Stadia has a pro monthly subscription for $9.99 and gets perks the free base version does not. With the pro you get 4K resolution, 5.1 surround sound, free games, and discounts. However, the base model only gets you 1080p resolution and stereo sound. Internet connection speed can hinder your game resolution. If it’s too slow, resolutions capabilities may lower.
The controller has a USB-C port for wired gameplay, accessories, and charging. The controller, much like the PS4 controller, has a video and picture button for easy sharing. Unlike other console controllers, the Stadia has a Google Assistant button, allowing you to interact with Google’s award-winning virtual assistant. Controllers will also have Bluetooth, wifi, and a 3.5mm jack for headphones built-in.
Future of gaming?
Regardless of where your allegiance with consoles lies, whether it be PS4, Xbox, or even PC gaming, Google Stadia brings in a unique way to play. There have even been rumors of the controllers having such low latency that they can predict button presses. With the recent announcement of the PS5, only time will tell if the Stadia becomes a contender.