Stadia launches November 19, but not for everyone

Google's new streaming service launches November 19, but it won't be free.

Published Oct 15, 2019 6:01 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:46 AM CST

Google's new Stadia game streaming service launches in November 19, but only if you bought the $129 Founder's Edition.

Stadia launches November 19, but not for everyone |

New online-only game streaming service Stadia is set to launch in November, but there's some stipulations. Not everyone will get to jump in, and you won't get to play Stadia for free until 2020. You'll only get to play on November 19 if you bought the Stadia Founder's or Premiere Editions. Things get a big complicated from here.

Stadia's free version isn't launching until 2020, so the November launch is exclusively for paid Stadia Pro members. Stadia Pro costs $10 a month and gives you one free game a month along with discounts on all games. Subscribers still have to buy games separately from Stadia's storefront, but Destiny 2's full game is included with the $129 Founder's Edition.

The major advantage of Stadia is you won't have to buy a console or an expensive PC to play games. Titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Borderlands 3, and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey are wirelessly beamed to your TV, your laptop or PC, or your Pixel 3 and above smartphone. There's also awesome save-state sharing features as well as screen-mirroring and more, all of which could change gaming forever.

There's other trade-offs though. Stadia could eat through your data cap really fast, all the games are digital-only and there's worries about ownership rights, and you have to pay full price for the games too.

Here's a breakdown of everything we know about Google Stadia:

  • It's online-only streaming, no downloads
  • Beams games to Chromecast Ultras for TV play, Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 smartphones for mobile play, and laptops/desktops via Google Chrome browser
  • $129 Founder's Edition includes special Stadia controller, Chromecast Ultra, full Destiny 2 experience, and 3 months of Stadia Pro
  • Stadia Pro costs $10 a month
  • Stadia controller has built-in Wi-Fi, syncs directly with games for improved button-press latency
  • Internet speed requirements: 10Mbps for 720p 60FPS, 20Mbps for 1080p 60FPS, 35Mbps for 4K 60FPS
  • Will support 4K 60FPS for all launch games, including Destiny 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2
  • No all-you-can play subscription. Games sold separately at $59.99 a piece.
  • Stadia Pro subscription includes 4K 60FPS access, one free game a month, and discounts on all games
  • A free Stadia version will launch in 2020

And here's a huge list of Stadia launch games:

Stadia Launch Games

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • 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 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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