Listen: Google Stadia: All Details You Need To Know
"Kind of dropped a whole bunch, more information on just before three starts, or stadia, the streaming service that we originally knew as product stream and his grown into this, this own monster its own creature that's going to be delivering video games to us. Sometime this all? And so we got a bunch of information, so we wanted to go ahead and talk about it. I'm joined fi- gaming editor Jennifer lock. I think is actually sexually your first time on the central. Yeah. I've never been on it for so, well, this is going to be a lot of fun. No pressure anything. It's a lot of pressure. And also joining us again to talk about stadia again is actually Carly lachey from all of our sites. Yes. Hi. So we got a ton of information today. I figured we were kinda dive right in and see what parts. We liked and didn't like in what we still don't know about yet to, to kinda sort this out. I guess the I guess, maybe the most important thing is the price seemed to be like the big thing that people weren't super sure about, like they had seen some of the details about the streaming service, but they like seemed like the biggest question was how much is this gonna cost me? Yes, actually, because it's supposed to be like a kind of free for all platform, ten dollars fair. I think but I wouldn't buy game separately, if I'm also paying ten dollars a month. I don't want to pay more for a game. Yes. So, so the pricing details are, are a little on the confusing side, their stadia pro which is the big thing that they're pushing today for peop. To preorder starting starting right now. And it's it's ten dollars a month, and you get access to a couple of free games when when you start off. You just get access to the one free game, which we'll talk about a little later and then there's going to be more added as part of that subscription. But then you can also buy games kind of Allah cart. Whatever game you're excited about we don't know what the prices of those games individually are. But you can buy those games and all of those games are playable. If you have the right internet connection at four K six firms per second on a ton of different things. We originally thinking this was just going to be on the chrome cast ultra start. But it turns out that it's going to be the chrome cast ultra, it's going to be just about anything with chrome web, browser and the pixel three and perhaps more surprising, the pixel three the kind of ultra cheap pixel, that was just released at Google. Yo is also going to support at launch with more. Phones kind of expected later, and there's also something to note that I think with stadia pro this grip shin you get like some free games in some discounted games. They mentioned exclusive discounts on some games later, but didn't really break down, what that was. I mean that could be pretty cool. I soon as similar to what a PlayStation, plus does currently. Yes, so similar to similar setup there, where you can get kind of some some discounts on games at probably older games where the discount isn't going to be quite as big as the although I guess, probably to start off. They're going to they're going to try and get people excited about a couple of games. But separate from stadia pro is something that will be available. Later will not be available at launch in November. Is stadium base and stadium base is just the ability to purchase a game play stream it from from anywhere. And that there's no there's no monthly service included in that. But you are only limited you're limited to ten eighty p streaming as thank with the parole plan. You get like surround sound or something, which you don't get with the base. Yes. Five months around sound, five point once around somewhere. Whereas you get a stereo audio with the with stadium base, so the stadium basis something where if you wanna pick up a game you can play anywhere. But if you want the best possible experience, the they're gonna charge, you this ten bucks a month. And it's ten bucks a month in the US twelve bucks a month in Canada. But it's supposed to be the kind of the equivalent of tenuous dollars in fourteen different countries when it launches yet, I think it's interesting to have the base launch a lot like sometime in twenty twenty and a lot later actual date. Yeah. It's, it's obviously like their tests. They're doing a sort of rollout launch something more gradual. I think like the fourteen countries is also just a way to like really tests like all the latency stuff in the actual product before they really go wide because while while it's available in fourteen countries in the US is one of those countries you can't play in Guam, or Hawaii, which is they're just like internet connections in those places are just not great. So trying to guarantee any kind of quality in those places is a real challenge, regardless of what you know, hardware. You've got. Yeah. Plus, there's no there's nothing so far for any Asian countries either right? Yeah. So there's, there's a lot of limitations for, for where, but but, you know, fourteen countries seems like a stronger role out that I think I was initially expecting a the, the original test for project stream was was located just in the US. You couldn't do it outside. Of the US at all. So it's cool that they are at least aware that they're global audience wants to do this as well. That it's not just a US product launch which is something kind of struggles with a lot of times, you know, releasing things in the US first, and then, and then maybe getting to Canada and the UK, you know, six months, or a year later, I would have hoped they would have tested that out during products dream for a worldwide launch because they kind of sold it as this global thing, where they have all their servers, everywhere. But it's just like or teen countries launch. Yes, I mean, a big part of the, the launch of the Carleen, I went to GD see they, they were talking about how it's basically proximity to Google data centers. Right. So like the countries that they listed these are all countries were Google data centers exist, which means that stadia servers, can exist and likely already do exist in those places. So being able to do that kind of local compression, streaming stuff in country. I suspect a lot easier than than, you know, the product stream, thing was just US focused and just, you know, chrome based so that it could happen in the US servers. So they're testing. I totally get that. I just think some people will be confused because when it was first now, the Google stadia. They really sold it as like, hey, anywhere in the world want to play though. That was a big thing that Carly, I noted when they did the original announcement was that the hype level was just through the roof, right? It was just it was just this, you know, you're going to be able to play anything anywhere, and it's going to change what gaming. And, and so this is this announcement. What they're calling stadia connect with. They're gonna do apparently multiple of throughout the year as these kind of streamed announcements is that kind of coming back down to reality yet. I think it's interesting that they're doing it that way. It's the way that Nintendo's kind of been doing it for a while now. And the institute, working well for them out, Google staling in have to imagine other people will follow, especially now that, like, like presenting everything. Ether is in the thing anymore, right? Yeah. I mean that's. Shown up just XBox, just just Microsoft micro. You walk in. And there's just a giant Microsoft booth all its embassy want. Yeah, it's just Microsoft and Bethesda side by side in the hall. It's everything's great. So there's a to, to get setup. Actually, I missed this as part of the youth. There's a founder package to sign up available starting today, and they made it very clear that there's only a limited number of these refuse to tell anybody, what that number is I suspect that it's, it's gonna run for a couple of weeks and then and then just not available anymore. There's a unique color to the stadium controller which originally was was shown off in three colors, black white. And this kind of limi- Minty green with a savvy called with Sabi, which I eight that color, you said, you preordered I will say, I did, and I've held each one of these controllers in my hand and I really liked that color in hand. It's not it doesn't look super great pictures, but I really liked it when I was holding it, so that I it might just be that the just like, the, the highlighter yellow accents, under the controllers really got me. I don't know what it is. But this did not look that great TIMMY, now. And. I get that. Yeah. So there's, there's also a dark blue controller that's going to be a part of this limited edition, which also looks very nice has armed accents on it, which is similar to the orange accents that are on some of the other controllers, but the, the dark blue kind of offsets a nice way and it's apparently only going to have this, this color available for, for this launch crew, you get the controller which is normally seventy bucks and the chrome cast ultra which is also normally seventy bucks three months of stadia for you three months of stadium for a friend. Which is so nice to give someone access to stadium, but not have a controller for them. Just kind of a separate thing, and then. Access to early registration for your username on stadia, which is obviously super important for your future as a prolific game. Streamer. Absolutely. And, and then early access to, to one of the you know the the one game that you're gonna get at launch something like just the hardware. The, the kid itself is one hundred twenty nine dollars, which in and of itself is cheaper than buying the controller on the chrome cast Alterra separately. Plus, you get the, the three months of pro so that's thirty bucks, right there. Yeah. You get three months on top of that. And then three months that you can gift to someone else that they have made it clear, what, the, the gifting price is going to be I assume it also just be the ten bucks a month. I liked that. They're starting out with a gifting idea because I you know, I have family members that I would probably gift stadia to, you know, but, but, you know, even if it's not something that I end up playing myself, so. So for them to start off with a gifting concept, is something that I like, especially given Jen, and my recent frustration with trying to gift things through the PlayStation store and how just it just doesn't exist anymore. It's also a good kind of marketing tactic like as a way for people to kind of spread the word about stadium and have people, maybe try it for free. And then the ice whom they hope that allow these people who have the buddy pass will purchase stuff of their own or get a buddy pass for somebody else, or something like that"