Google has revealed new details about its video game streaming service Stadia. On Thursday, June 6th, the company announced the gaming platform will be available in 14 countries starting in November.
Stadia is a cloud-based platform. Which means, that instead of buying a console and physical copies of games or downloads, customers will be able to stream games over the internet onto their screens or TVs.
For the launch, Google is planning to sell a so-called "founders edition bundle" starter pack for $129, with a monthly subscription price of $9.99. In Europe, the price will be 129 euros and 9.99 euros per month, AFP reported.
The big change and possible disruption to the gaming industry is the idea of subscription-based gaming. Thanks to the role models from the streaming world, such as Netflix for film and TV programmes or Spotify for music titles, the plan is to offer free titles to subscribers in exchange for their monthly payments.
When he announced the new platform earlier this year, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai explained the initiative was "to build a game platform for everyone."
Stadia will launch in the United States, Britain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
So far, the first free title is reported to be the shooter game Destiny 2 from video game developer Bungie. Co-founder and chief executive of game giant Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, said his company "is bringing several fantastic gaming worlds to Stadia at launch and we cannot wait to see players experience them on this game-changing cloud technology."
Big blockbuster titles can still be expected to come with a separate purchase price. Ubisoft for example, will provide their hit titles Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Ghost Recon Breakpoint for purchasing, amongst others. Even with an additional price tag attached, the plus side of a cloud-based gaming platform would still be the availability of played games on different devices.
The BBC reported that Google will show the service to journalists at the E3 gaming show in June.