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Stadia won't support Android TVs at launch, coming instead in 2020

Stadia's cloud-streaming service will come to Android TVs in 2020, and might require Android 11 R

By Derek Strickland from Sep 16, 2019 @ 18:22 CDT

Google's new Stadia game-streaming service won't support native Android-powered TVs at launch, but functionality will be added in 2020.

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Although it's touted as a revolutionary service that brings gaming to devices you already own, Stadia will only support three platforms at launch: PC and laptops via Chrome browsers, Chromecast for TVs, and Pixel 3 phones and above. Android-enabled televisions won't get Stadia support until after 2020, and even then it could require Android 11 R in order to run. You'll have to buy a Chromecast Ultra in order to play Stadia on an HDTV in 2019.

The news was passed along via a closed XDA Developers event that confirmed Stadia is coming to Android TVs in 2020. The service aims to take on consoles with a digital online-only subscription that gives players access to a games market. It's not an all-you-can-play type service, though, and gamers will have to buy games a la carte unless they buy into the Stadia Pro subscription. Then you get a free game a month plus sweeping discounts on the store.

There's also a free Stadia version that's dropping in 2020 that charges full price for all games.

Google Stadia will launch this November on Google Chrome, Chromecast, and Pixel 3 phones and above.

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

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

NEWS SOURCES:Xda-developers.com

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