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Google Stadia Update


I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about Stadia.  A game subscription service that I can play wherever I want on whatever device I want.

So excited.

Today we got some more news on that front.

First up is the fact that it *IS* coming to Canada!!  Woot woot, eh?

It'll be launching November of this year and they've started to announce the initial line up of games.

And everyone's burning question of "how much will it cost" has been answered.  $12CDN a month for Stadia Pro.  They have a 'founders edition' (borrow much from Fortnite?, heh) up right now that if you pre-order for $170CDN you get the controller ($90CDN), a Chromecast Ultra ($90CDN) and then the first 3 months of Stadia Pro ($36CDN) - plus you get first dibs at the system over later adopters, nabbing  your gamer tag early!.


Interesting to read over the presser and watch the video, that if you want, you can just buy the games and play just those (later in 2020).  Hrmm...

STADIA FACT SHEET

Stadia is Google’s new streaming gaming platform that is set to revolutionize the way gamers access, play and enjoy their favorite games. Stadia is a cloud-based platform that will enable you to play your favorite HD games across screens instantly with one-click and will never require a download or updates making it the most accessible platform ever.

AVAILABILITY:
November, 2019 through the Stadia Founder’s Edition

GAMES:
As of June 6th, 2019, we have announced our first wave of launch titles, with more than 30 games coming to Stadia. See list below.

STADIA PRICE:

Stadia Founder’s Edition – $129.99USD (available for pre-order now)
Only way to play at launch; Includes:

  • ● Limited-edition Night Blue controller
  • ● Chromecast Ultra
  • ● Three-month Stadia Pro subscription
  • ● First dibs on Stadia Name
  • ● One 3-month Buddy Pass to give Stadia Pro to a friend 


Stadia Pro – $9.99USD/Month (available at launch in Founder’s Edition)

  • ● Up to 4K/60fps/HDR with 5.1 surround sound
  • ● Free games (access available as long as Stadia Pro subscription is active)
  • ● Exclusive discounts on games for purchase
  • ● **limited-time only, Stadia Pro grants you access to the full Destiny 2 experience, which includes the base game, all previous add-ons, the new Shadowkeep expansion and the annual pass. You will be able to transfer your Guardian from other platforms (currently PC and Xbox)
  • ● Includes all Stadia Base benefits 


Stadia Base (available in 2020)

  • ● Up to 1080p/60fps with stereo sound
  • ● Buy and keep the games you want
  • ● Play in a Chrome browser on any computer or on your Pixel 3 or 3a phone (expanding to other phones over time)


STADIA CONTROLLER:
The Stadia controller uses WiFi to connect directly to the game running in the data center and comes with two buttons for quick access to capture footage and the Google Assistant. Priced at $69. You can pick up a second controller and choose from three different colors: Just Black, Clearly White or Wasabi. (tech specs below)

REGIONS:
At launch, Stadia will be available in 14 countries through the Founder’s Edition: US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. More regions will be added starting in 2020.

LAUNCH GAMES:
During the launch window, Stadia will be home to the latest games from the biggest publishers, spanning all genres. This is only the beginning of the Stadia launch portfolio. More announcements coming soon.

Launch Publishers and Titles as of June 6, 2019

  • ● 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 , Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint , Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 , Trials Rising, The Crew 2

*Publisher to announce content at their discretion

STADIA CONTROLLER – TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • ● Wi-Fi®: Dual-band (2.4GHz / 5GHz) IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac connectivity
  • ● Bluetooth®: Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2 (BLE)
  • ● Headset jack: 3.5mm headset jack for headsets with or without a microphone
  • ● USB: USB-CTM port for charging, wired gameplay, and accessories such as USB-C headsets. HID-compliant
  • ● Weight: 268g
  • ● Dimensions: 163mm x 105mm x 65mm
  • ● Google Assistant: Google Assistant button to trigger microphone
  • ● Capture button: Quick access to image and video capture
  • ● Battery: Internal rechargeable Li-Ion battery


CHROMECAST ULTRA – TECHNICAL SPECS:

  • ● Dimensions: 2.29in (58.20 mm) x 0.53 in (13.70 mm) x 2.29 in (58.20 mm)
  • ● WeightDevice: 1.6 oz (47 g), Adapter: 3.5 oz (101 g)
  • ● Resolution: Supports all resolutions up to 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range (HDR) for stunning picture quality
  • ● Wireless: 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) 1x2 MISO Wi-Fi for high-performance streaming
  • ● Power: Power supply required and included
  • ● Ports & Connectors: 
    • HDMI plugs directly into the TV 
    • Micro-USB for power and data 
    • Ethernet port on the power adapter for hard-to-reach Wi-Fi® spots in your home
  • ● Supported Operating Systems: 
    • Android 4.2 and higher
    • iOSTM 9.1 and higher
    • macOSTM X 10.9 and higher
    • WindowsTM 7 and higher
  • ● Requirements: 
    • TV with an HDMI port 
    • Wi-Fi® network or Ethernet 
    • Wi-Fi®–enabled supported device (learn more)


WHERE TO BUY:
Buy Stadia Exclusively at G-Store
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