Google Stadia: Free Two-month Trial For Pro Tier:
Google’s game-streaming service Stadia is now open for anyone with a Gmail account. It gave this announcement on April 8. Google Stadia needs a compatible device and controller to experience the quality of gaming.
One needs useful internet in one of the 14 supported countries. So anyone can sign up right now and get the “Pro” edition. The “Pro” edition of Google Stadia provides a handful of built-in games for two months.
Until today, Stadia is only available via a $129 “Premiere Edition.” This edition came with a controller, though it made a promise long back for the free “Base” version.
In a blog post, the company gives an explanation that the intense pressures of the pandemic led them to open up the service finally.
Reason Behind The Decision:
Stadia VP and GM Phil Harrison write, “We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Video games are a valuable way to socialise with friends and family. If you are stuck at your home, you could feel the impact. So we’re giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia for two months”.
Will There Be A Permanent Free Base Tier?
The post makes no mention of a permanent free Base tier. However, a Google representative confirms that it exists. The players signing up today will be able to switch to it if they decide not to pay for Pro after two months. It is limited to 1080p, 60 frames per second, and stereo (versus surround) sound.
What About The Existing Subscribers?
Existing subscribers have been vocally critical of the bare-bones nature of the service. They paid a premium to access. So they will not be charged for the next two months.
Also, to cope with what will no doubt be a flood of demand, Stadia will be defaulting everyone’s streams to 1080p. You will be able to change that in your preferences. That’s interesting, considering YouTube’s downgrade in its quality worldwide to lower overall bandwidth usage.
On the Android devices that support it, you’ll need to download the app. On computers, you’ll need to install Chrome. For a TV, you need a Chromecast Ultra — the regular one won’t cut it. Unfortunately, one can’t play games on iOS yet.