Google’s highly anticipated game streaming service, Stadia, is coming in November. And there has been an interesting revelation about the service that followers were waiting to hear.
In a recent interview with StadiaCast John Justice, Google’s VP and Stadia Head of Product revealed that Stadia is going to offer free trials.
“It’ll be a few months until they actually go out. I don’t know that I’ve mentioned this to anyone yet, so you might be the first. We will be adding trials.”
Justice went on to elaborate their busy schedule before the launch and how they are already enthusiastic about how they can keep improving the service.
“We’re just working through what’s the right when and how exactly to set it up and you can imagine how busy things are now just getting ready for launch. So, there’s the launch stuff and then there’s, OK, what do we want to do next, next, and next after? And trials are something that’s high up on the list.”
Even though Justice has promised free trials, when Stadia comes out in November it will not offer a free trial right away. This is an odd move from Google as most subscription based services like Stadia rely on the tactic of offering free trials to attract early subscribers. Furthermore, it isn’t clear if the late trials promised by Justice is only for Stadia Pro or for the entire Stadia platform. Stadia Pro is the section of Stadia that offers a catalog of games in exchange for a monthly subscription.
You can check out John Justice’s full interview with StadiaCast below:
Stadia is a highly anticipated service that will allow gamers to stream video games directly to the chrome browsers of their devices. Gamers will be able to play the games of their choices on any device of their choice. Stadia was first announced by Google at GDC 2019 back in March. Google offered more information during E3 2019, where it announced that Stadia would be available in two different formats. Stadia Pro will be a paid subscription based service whereas Stadia Basic will be free. Google will however only be launching Stadia Pro in November and the price is set at $9.99/month.
And as if it wasn’t enough that Google won’t be offering a free trial right away. Google has also announced that initially, the service will be limited to users who purchase the Stadia Founders Edition. This is a hardware-software bundle from Google worth $129.
Furthermore, at launch, the service will only be available to users in limited countries. These include the US, the UK, Belgium, Finland, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. Google has announced plans to extend to other countries and launch Stadia Basic sometime next year.
Many have compared Stadia to Netflix, calling it Netflix for gaming. So what games will its subscribers be offered out of the box? Google has announced that Stadia will be featured several high profile games such as DOOM Eternal, Baldur’s Gate III, Destiny 2, Mortal Kombat X, Shadow of Tomb Raider, Gylt and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.
Can’t wait for November!