Google just detailed Stadia, its ambitious attempt to upend the video-game industry and take on Xbox and PlayStation. Here's everything we know so far.
- Google just detailed its huge gaming initiative: A Netflix-like video-game streaming platform named Stadia that's set to launch this November.
- The service is intended to run high-resolution blockbuster games on any device that runs Google's Chrome - from smartphones and tablets to computers and TVs.
- When Stadia arrives this November, it will only be available as a $129 "Founder's Pack" bundle that comes with a controller, a Chromecast Ultra, one game, and three months of "Stadia Pro" service.
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After years of rumors and speculation, Google officially detailed its plans to enter the video-game business earlier this year.Those plans start with a new service named Stadia (pronounced "STAY-dee-uh"), which Google CEO Sundar Pichai said will offer blockbuster games on any device that can run the Chrome web browser - everything from smartphones and tablets to laptops and TVs.Advertisement
The pitch is simple: If you've got a Chromecast or an iPhone (or whatever device you're reading this on), you could potentially run Stadia.
Stadia promises to do for video games what Netflix-like services did for TV and film.Get the latest Google stock price here.Advertisement
1. Stadia is a cloud-based video-game streaming service. You don't need to buy a game console.
2. Stadia promises a single ecosystem for gaming across all devices.Advertisement
3. There's a Stadia gamepad that's built by Google.
4. Google's got some pretty hefty computing power backing up its platform.Advertisement
5. The next "DOOM" game is coming to Stadia, and a handful of other important publishers offered support.
6. Google launched a first-party game-development division headed by the former Ubisoft executive Jade Raymond.Advertisement
7. Google promises "No cheating, no hacking."
8. Google stuck a stake in the ground with cross-play: It's fully allowed, including for game saves.Advertisement
9. There are two versions of Stadia: a free version, and a paid version named "Stadia Pro." The paid version costs $10 per month.
10. When Stadia launches in November, the only way to get in is to buy the $129 "Founder's Pack."Advertisement
11. Games cost the same prices on Stadia that they do on other platforms: Anywhere from $1 to $60.
12. When Stadia arrives this November, it will be a soft launch.Advertisement
13. There's only one way to buy a Stadia gamepad and the Founder's Bundle: The Google Store online.
14. Here's the full list of game publishers signed up for Stadia.Advertisement
15. Stadia is said to work across a variety of internet speeds — here's the full spectrum, according to Google:
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