Google Stadia Release and Pricing Leaks, Will Offer Premium 4K Subscription and Individual Purchases For Games

Google Stadia Release and Pricing Leaks, Will Offer Premium 4K Subscription and Individual Purchases For Games

You'll need a Chromecast to use it for the moment, though.

Google is set to reveal the release date of its streaming gaming service Stadia later this morning, but one website has already leaked the information. According to the article, Stadia will launch in November in 14 countries with a premium subscription service that will include a few games, but also require some more recent games to be separately purchased.

The "Stadia Pro" subscription will reportedly cost $11.99 a month and include streaming up to 4K and 60 frames per second, although only "older" games will be included for free. The since-deleted article, archived on ResetEra, says that more recent games will have to be bought on their own, separate from the subscription. Another membership will be available in 2020, which will be completely free but only allow 1080p streaming and won't include any games, so you'll have to buy those you want to play.

At launch there will be a "founder's edition" of Stadia for a reported $169, which will come with a gamepad, a Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2 (which is reportedly going free-to-play), and three months' subscription. You will reportedly need a Chromecast for Stadia at launch as well, though it's eventually planned to work through any Google device with Chrome in 2020.

31 games are planned for the launch, including Destiny 2, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, The Division 2, Doom (2016), and all three Tomb Raider games. The Stadia reveal stream is set to confirm these details later today at 9 a.m. PDT, so check out Google Stadia's YouTube page to see it happen live.

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