Stadia pricing model leaks: Monthly subscription plus full cost for most games

The Pro service is priced at $11.99 per month in Canada, and will offer ongoing access to an expanding collection of games for the duration of the player's subscription, with the option to purchase additional games not included in the subscription at a discount.

Google on Thursday livestreamed a Stadia press event, detailing the costs, bandwidth requirements, game titles and pricing for its videogame streaming service. By contrast, the size of files and apps and video games are nearly exclusively measured in megabytes (or gigabytes, or terabytes), and the download speeds you see reported in Steam or PSN when you're pulling down a new game are nearly always in megabytes per second (MB/s). Destiny 2 is now the only game included with the subscription. Not only do you gain early access in November, but you also get a Chromecast Ultra, Stadia Controller, and three free months of Stadia Pro for you and a friend.

That's because all of the game play actually takes place on custom Google servers and a network dedicated to stream the games with as little latency as possible.

Google Stadia Base will be coming out next year and will allow players to game at 1080p with 60fps and stereo sound. The Stadia Controller will be available separately for $70 in Clearly White, Just Black, and Wasabi colors. Google hopes to succeed where those attempts have failed, both by applying its technical expertise to solve problems that have plagued previous attempts, and by using its sheer size to offer content and features not available elsewhere. Google's Pixel 3 will be the first phone supported by Stadia, with others to follow.

Today Google dropped some big news about Stadia in its first ever Stadia Connect livestream.

For those who purchase a Founder's Edition, you'll also get a Destiny 2 package containing all add-ons and an annual pass. They will add more games to Stadia Pro as time goes on. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint.

According to Google, the future of video games is in the cloud.

The Stadia Founder's Edition bundle is being sold for $129 and includes all you need to get started gaming on Stadia. Streaming at 4K with 5.1 surround audio will require at least 35 Mb/s down.

Other countries will have to wait until 2020 - which in all likelihood will probably coincide with the launch of the Stadia Base pricing plan. With the initial announcement being mostly a technology intro and teaser of what the service could be capable of, Google promised more to come later this year, and now in a pre-recorded presentation this morning, the company has announced their launch plans for the service and how it will work for customers.

  • Arturo Norris