Google Stadia's price, games, and launch date have leaked

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Google will be offering the "Founder's Edition" that includes the Stadia Controller, a Chromecast Ultra, a free copy of Destiny 2, and a three-month subscription along with a three-month buddy pass.

Google already confirmed that Destiny 2: The Collection will be part of the Pro subscription, but what about other confirmed Stadia games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Doom Eternal and Mortal Kombat 11?

More frustratingly, the "Stadia Base" version of the service, which allows you to buy games a la carte without a membership and play them in 1080p, doesn't roll out until 2020. Instead, Google will be limiting access to the service (at least for 2019) to customers who purchase a $129 hardware and service bundle from the company, which Google calls the Stadia Founders Edition.

Are you excited for Stadia? The Stadia controller, meanwhile, costs $69 in the United States, with worldwide pricing yet to be revealed. But Google did not name specific titles.

Google might offer some additional details when the Stadia stream gets underway in a little bit. Beyond specific device limitations, you will also need a 10mbps download and 1mbps upload to meet the minimum requirements for streaming. Google says it will bring Stadia to other Chrome and mobile devices later. A Pro membership will also get you discounts on "select game purchases", but more specific information on those isn't available yet.

The only way to play Stadia when it launches this November is through the Founder's Edition. This will only be available sometime in 2020, though, so if you want to get in on the Stadia action at launch, you're going to need to buy a Pro subscription. Rather than rendering a game locally, a Stadia instance in the cloud does the heavy lifting and streams video of the gameplay down to your device. The primary technical hurdle such services face is latency, or the delay that happens when player inputs are sent to data centres that are potentially hundreds of kilometres away, as opposed to the few metres that separate controllers from consoles in more traditional gaming environments.

Essentially with Stadia, you're "renting" a virtual console with the Stadia service but there is a huge benefit: The ability to play your games on almost any device as long as you have an internet connection. The price of the games has not been given. It comes in three colours - white, black and "wasabi" (or pale green). Players will be able to game at 4K with 60fps and 5.1 surround support, and they will be able to purchase games whenever they want.

"That's a shade under $300 [£236] worth of value", said Phil Harrison, the head of Google's Stadia team.

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