During a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything, Andrey Doronichev, Director of Product for Stadia, clarified certain Stadia Pro features. The service won’t be similar to Netflix — in fact, Doronichev stated that it will be more similar to Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus. With Pro, subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 surround sound, discounts, and “roughly one free game per month”.
“To be clear, Stadia Pro is not “Netflix for Games” like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!).”
The free games will enter a growing pool of games available to Stadia Pro subscribers. Anyone who unsubscribes from the service and then resubscribes will regain access to the titles previously claimed. They’ll still miss out on games offered during their lapse in subscription, though.
“You will regain access to those Pro games you claimed in the past while you were a subscriber. But not the ones that were offered to Pro subscribers while you were unsubscribed.”
Stadia Pro will cost $9.99 a month, and new games have to be bought separately. The free Stadia Base service won’t include any free games.
“No free games on Stadia Base. But hey, Stadia Base gives you free access to the state-of-the-art gaming hardware in our datacenter 😉 You spend your money to buy games you want.”
In response to a question about Google‘s plans to support more devices, Doronichev answered:
“My dream is to play Stadia on every device out there. At launch we’re starting with the devices we know best, to make sure the experience is great. Hence Chrome, Chromecast and Pixel. Once we harden the tech and it’s ready to scale we’ll expand to more devices starting with the most popular ones.”
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