The first E3 2019 presentation was by Google regarding its Stadia console. Revealing the price, launch date, internet requirements, and games. All of which was pretty positively received.

 

Stadia will cost $129.99 and require a subscription of $9.99 a month. The system will include both free and paid games. Google has stated that free Stadia Base accounts will happen but in 2020. For now, you’ll need to purchase the Founder’s Edition.

The Founder’s Edition includes the system, limited-edition night blue controller, Chromecast Ultra device, 3-month Stadia Pro subscription, and 3-month buddy pass to give to a friend. In addition, Stadia Pro users will get a copy of Destiny 2 including the newly revealed Shadowkeep expansion.

The controller will use WiFi and cost $69.99 each. It’ll come in black, white, and green.

The free version, coming 2020, will provide users the ability to stream games at 1080p/60fps and purchase games. With Stadia Pro, which is the only option at launch, providing 4K streaming, special discounts, and free games. Gamers will need at least 10Mbps to stream at 720p with 60fps and 35Mbps for 4K with HDR, 60fps, and 5.1 surrounds.

Lastly, Google provided a list of games, developers, and publishers working with Stadia to bring their games to the platform.

Bandai Namco – Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Bethesda – Doom Eternal, Doom (2016), Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Bungie – Destiny 2

Capcom*

Coatsink – Get Packed

Codemasters – Grid

Deep Silver – Metro Exodus

Drool – Thumper

Electronic Arts*

Giants Software – Farming Simulator 19

Larian Studios – Baldur’s Gate 3

Nway Games – Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Rockstar*

Sega – Football Manager

SNK – Samurai Shodown

Square Enix – Final Fantasy XV, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider

2K – NBA 2K, Borderlands 3

Tequila Works – Gylt

Warner Bros – Mortal Kombat 11

THQ – Darksiders: Genesis

Ubisoft – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Just Dance , Ghost Recon Breakpoint, The Division 2 , Trials Rising, The Crew 2

Stadia does have a healthy selection of games but how will it perform. The biggest criticism is the need for a constant connection, will everyone be able to take advantage of the streaming system? After all, recently Google experienced troubles with their Gmail, YouTube, and other services because of a server issue. Not to mention what if Stadia goes offline permanently? Does that mean everyone loses access to the games they purchased? It’s happening right now to OUYA owners and digital Telltale Games’ titles.

Personally, I’m skeptical of the platform since Google has been notorious for having poor marketing and support for its products and services. Remember Google Glass?

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