Google has just launched a free version of its cloud-based game streaming platform – Stadia. Anyone who has a free Gmail account can sign up for Stadia. Additionally, to welcome the new users, Google is also offering a free two-month trial of Stadia Pro as part of the launch. This announcement came just two months after Google promised a free tier is on its way.
Not only new users, but even the existing Stadia Pro customers will also get two months of the service for free, as Google is not charging existing subscribers for the next two months. Fourteen countries will be able to access the free trial of Stadia Pro, and users can buy and keep individual games on the service.
The two free months of Stadia Pro will give users access to the following games, as of April:
- Destiny 2: The Collection
- SteamWorld Dig 2
- SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
- Serious Sam Collection
- Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks)
Once this trial ends up, Google will revert you to the base free Stadia service, which is limited to 1080p resolution, 60fps, and stereo sound. Else, if you want to continue enjoying Stadia Pro benefits, you will be charged $9.99 per month. However, if you want, you can cancel the subscription anytime.
Google is also making some changes to Stadia to accommodate the entry of new users. “To reduce the load on the internet further, we’re working toward a temporary feature that changes the default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p,” explains Phil Harrison, Google’s Stadia chief. “The vast majority of people on a desktop or laptop won’t notice a significant drop in gameplay quality, but you can choose your data usage options in the Stadia app.”
In case, if you are interested to try Google Stadia, you can signup for free over at Google’s Stadia site. Google says it’s rolling out this update over the next 48 hours starting today, so the free version might not be immediately available in every region just yet.
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