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Google Stadia will sell games a la carte

Some Stadia games have to be purchased separately outside of a subscription.

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Google's new Stadia game streaming platform will sell games a la carte as well as bundle them into its monthly pro subscriptions.

Today Google revealed more info on its Stadia cloud-powered streaming service, and the company is taking big queues from Microsoft's Game Pass-Xbox Store synergy.

There's two subscription options: a free version that requires gamers buy big AAA games like Destiny 2, Borderlands 3, and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint separately like any other storefront, and Stadia Pro, a $10 a month tier that nets you access to a pool of premium games that're added over time. Google only announced Destiny 2 as part of the Stadia Pro service, so we'll still have to buy games outright (but subscribers will get a discount).

The obvious drawback to buying games on an online-only service is that you lose access to them if there's any interruptions--or if you lose your connection. A lot of the bigger games are service-based online titles but some like Metro Exodus and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey are purely singleplayer.

Games pricing will be the big determining factor here.

The company's synergistic intent is clear. Google is hoping gamers will try Stadia Pro and then buy the games they actually like once their subscription ends. This is the Game Pass Effect, and it's made Microsoft tremendous revenues over time. Oddly enough the free version of Stadia won't be available until 2020, which is a huge blow to the platform's main goal of accessibility. Stadia Pro will release in late 2019.

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"No downloads, no patches, no installs--just grab you controller and jump in."

The company also announced a wave of big titles coming to Stadia from the industry's best publishers, including The Division 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Mortal Kombat, Baldur's Gate 3 (yes, it's happening!), RAGE 2, Metro Exodus, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and Final Fantasy XV.

The following games were announced for Stadia at launch:

Stadia Launch Games

  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Borderlands 3
  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
  • Gylt
  • Get Packed
  • The Division 2
  • The Crew 2
  • GRID
  • FM
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Darksiders: Genesis
  • Trials Rising
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Just Dance
  • Thumper
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Dragonball Xenoverse 2
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • RAGE 2
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Metro Exodus
  • Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Stadia is expected to launch "later this year" across 14 countries

Check below for pricing information:

Stadia Pro: $10 a month

  • Three months included in Founder's Edition.
  • Part of Founder's Edition
  • Resolution: Up to 4K
  • Frame rate: 60 FPS
  • Sound: 5.1 surround sound
  • Buy games whenever you want: Yes
  • Additional free games released regularly: Yes, starting with Destiny 2: The Collection
  • Stadia Pro-exclusive discounts on select game purchases: Yes
  • $9.99 / mo

Stadia Base: FREE

  • Coming next year
  • Resolution: Up to 1080p
  • Frame rate: 60 FPS
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Buy games whenever you want: Yes
  • Additional free games released regularly: No
  • Stadia Pro-exclusive discounts on select game purchases: No
  • Free

Stadia Founder's Edition $129

  • First access to Stadia
  • Chromecast Ultra
  • Limited Edition Stadia controller
  • 3 months of Stadia Pro access + 3 months of friend access
  • Full Destiny 2 experience

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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