As promised by Google, the company is launching a free version of the Stadia today. This means the entry fee of $130 on Stadia cloud gaming service is waived off and people confined to their homes due to coronavirus can enjoy high-end video games on Google Stadia for free.
Gamers in 14 countries, i.e. The United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Ireland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark will get free access.
Starting today, it will roll out over the next 48 hours.
Is the trial version free, what will users get?
Technically it is, without paying a dime users can access cloud gaming on almost any device. A device that supports the Google Chrome browser can be used to play the game. Gamers get nine titles to play, and they are:
Destiny 2: The Collection
SteamWorld Dig 2, etc.
Both Mac and Windows users can play games using their mouse and keyboard or a controller. The service also works on different Android devices.
Is there anything for existing Stadia users?
Indeed, just like the new user’s present Stadia users will also get two months of the service for free. They will not be charged for the coming two months. In addition to the free titles, if gamers want, they want to buy other games on the services.
What will happen once the trial expires?
The Stadia Pro game streaming service will return to the basic free Stadia limited where you will get 60fps stereo sound and 1080p resolution.
Is Google making any other changes to Stadia?
Since people have been staying home for quite a while, they are bored and frustrated. Video games will help them overcome boredom. Google understands this, hence to serve and deliver a significant number of users Google Stadia is working on a feature that will help change default screen resolution from 4K to 1080p.
How to use Stadia?
Those interested in trying out Stadia need to have a personal Google account.
Note: You cannot use a Google account linked to a G Suite account.
If you are playing in Stadia for the first time, follow the steps below:
- Head to Google’s Stadia site and signup.
- Next, download the app on your device Android or iOS.
That’s it now you can start playing the free titles on your PC, Chrome OS device, or laptop. You can play over Wi-Fi on Pixel and other supported Android devices.
Why make Stadia free?
By making Stadia, free Google is only taking hold of the marketing opportunity but is also trying to leap over other cloud gaming rivals like Microsoft, Amazon, and Nvidia.
So, enjoy playing games, have fun, stay home, stay safe. We look forward to playing games with you and know your experiences. Do share your thoughts in the comments sections.