Earlier today, news site Lapresse.ca published a huge feature about the Google Stadia including a huge amount of detail. The article featured prices, game details and even a launch date. As Google are due to hold a press conference later today it’s looking likely that this was a pre-prepared article which was swiftly removed once the site realised their error.
Resetera user LordKano has come to the rescue and has logged and translated all the information from the article, before it was removed. So here’s what we know.
The launch date will be November 14 and the Google Stadia will be available in 14 countries, including Canada.
You’ll be able to preorder the “founders edition” for $169. Due to the source this is assumed to be CAD, which will make it around $125 USD. This edition will include a gamepad, Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2 and three months of subscription.
The Stadia works on a subscription-based model and a Stadia Pro sub will cost $11.99 (again assuming this is CAD, US users can expect a price point of around $9-$10) This will include streaming up to 4k and only “older” games will be included for this price. More recent games will be bought separately.
In 2020 we are said to be getting a free subscripition option, which will allow up to 1080p streaming but won’t include any games.
You’ll also need the Chromecast for the Stadia to work at launch but this is expected to be extended to any Google device with Google Chrome in 2020.
The planned games list released includes Destiny 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, The Division 2, Doom and all 3 recent Tomb Raider games. There will be a total of 31 games at launch.
It has long been rumored that Stadia would be a “Netflix for games” and from this information it appears as if this is at least partially true. The subscription feature running alongside a facility to purchase newer titles brings it more in line with Amazon’s Prime video service, assuming the article is true.
Google is set to hold a press conference at 9.00am PDT/ 12 pm EDT today so we’ll soon find out if Lapresse is in trouble for breaking an embargo.