Google Stadia is a cloud-based gaming service from Google, enabling users to play titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider and PUBG directly from their smartphones, laptop or TV. No console or downloads are required - you'll just need a compatible device and an internet connection.
Designed to making gaming more accessible, and to make it possible to play anywhere at any time, let's discover all the details about Google's new gaming service below.
What is Google Stadia?
With Google Stadia, you won't need to buy a new console (such as an Xbox One or PlayStation 4) to play your favourite titles. Instead, you'll simply need a strong Wi-Fi connection and a compatible device - such as a TV, laptop or smartphone - to use this cloud-based gaming platform.
Available in 14 different countries, games can be streamed live online. You don't need to wait around for each title to download first either - just select a game and get ready to play. It's all made possible by Google's powerful remote server, which transmits gameplay to your device in real-time, while simultaneously receiving instructions from your compatible Stadia controller.
How much is Google Stadia?
The Google Stadia platform is free to use - you just need to compatible screens and controllers to get started. However, when it comes to playing games, you'll have two different options: you can purchase an individual game for a set price, or access multiple games with a monthly Stadia Pro subscription.
Any new user can try out Google Stadia Pro for free by signing up to a one-month trial. After this trial has ended, you'll automatically become a member. A subscription will cost you £8.99 a month, and with an active membership you will be able to instantly access a catalogue of games, as well as enjoy exclusive discounts and the option to play in up to 4K HDR with 5.1 surround sound.
What do I need to use Google Stadia?
One of the most exciting things about Google Stadia is that you can now access PC-only games on a range of devices, including your TV and a huge selection of Android smartphones.
Currently, Google Stadia cannot be used with an iPhone. However, you can choose to download the app from the Apple App Store to set up and manage your account of compatible devices. This step is optional, and not essential to play.
Take a look below to find out what you'll need to get started with Google Stadia on your preferred device.
On an Android, you will need:
• A Google account
• A mobile device supporting Stadia - must run Android 6.0 or greater. Examples include all Pixel phones (except the Pixel and Pixel XL), Samsung S10 and Note10 series, Samsung S20 series, OnePlus 5T to 7T Pro 5g and the Razer Phone.
• The Google Stadia App (available on Google Play)
• An recommended internet connection 10Mbps or higher
• A supported controller, such as a Stadia Controller, an **Xbox One **or a PlayStation DualShock 4 controller.
On a desktop computer you will need:
• A Google account
• An up-to-date Chrome browser
• A reliable internet connection of 10MBps or higher
• A compatible controller
On a TV, you will need:
• A Google account
• A Stadia controller
• Google Chromecast Ultra
• Stadia app (on Android or iOS)
• A reliable internet connection of 10Mpbps or higher
Getting Started with Google Stadia
Once you have everything you need to successfully use Stadia on your device, getting started is a quick and hassle-free process. There are four simple steps to follow.
- Visit the Stadia account setup page online, or download the Stadia app to your smartphone.
- Create a Stadia account. Invite codes and promo codes can be used here.
- Claim a game (exclusive to Stadia Pro members) or purchase a game.
- Set up your controller, then start playing on your device.
What games are available on Google Stadia?
There are currently around 25 games available to play with a subscription, with new titles being added each and every month. On top of this, both subscribers and regular platform users alike can buy additional games for a set fee from the store. Assassins Creed Odyssey, Doom, Final Fantasy XV, Spiritfarer and Red Dead Redemption 2 are just a handful of games that can be purchased.
If you become a Google Stadia Pro member however, you'll be able to play a great range of games for no extra cost. Included in your monthly subscription, you'll find games such as:
Commonly known as PUBG, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is an online multiplayer battle royale game that's a fan-favourite all over the world. Players will parachute onto an island, where weapons and equipment will be up for grabs. The aim of the game is to be the last player standing, and as the numbers of players decreases the size of the map will also be reduced - forcing players to come together and fight for the winning title.
If you love puzzles and love horror, Little Nightmares is the game for you. Released in 2017, you'll need to help the protagonist of the game - a young girl called Six - escape a mysterious vessel known as The Maw.
Destiny 2: The Collection
Experience the popular first-person shooter franchise with Destiny 2: The Collection. Alongside the base game Destiny 2, you'll also have access to expansion passes such as Forsaken and Shadowkeep.
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