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Google Stadia Won’t Offer Games for Less Money

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Are you thinking of jumping onboard the Google Stadia train in hopes of playing games for less? Think again.


Google’s new streaming video game service, Stadia, will launch in two forms:

  1. A pay-per-month premium service, which will launch in November of this year.
  2. A free version, which is slated to launch next year.

According to a new report from Eurogamer, neither of these versions of Google Stadia will give you access to all of the available games. Most games on the streaming platform will require users to pay for new games — and they might not be cheaper than simply buying physical discs.

Play Anywhere (For a Price)

Google Stadia lead Phil Harrison told games press in the United Kingdom that he sees no reason why games would be cheaper to play on the streaming service than on a home console, specifically due to the fact that it will allow users to play on any screen at any time.

Harrison also claimed that Google Stadia will theoretically offer the most optimal version of the game to be streamed — implying the games would look and perform better than on their PlayStation or Xbox counterparts. However, we at Joystickr very much doubt this will be the case for the vast majority of users, as current bandwidth limitations will almost certainly hamstring the offered titles when compared to being played on current-gen or next-gen hardware.

Every Confirmed Game for Google Stadia

Still, Stadia will offer some games for free as part of its streaming service. Destiny 2 is currently the only game confirmed to be part of this offering.

The games confirmed to be coming to Google’s streaming platform, thus far, are:

  • Doom Eternal
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Final Fantasy 15
  • Rage 2
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Borderlands 3
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey — which has often been highlighted by Google Stadia
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Mortal Kombat 11
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Image courtesy of IGDB/Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey press kit.

What do you think about Google Stadia and its apparent pricing model? Will you stick to home consoles or are you interested in the streaming service? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


Images/videos courtesy of Gerd Altmann from Pixabay, Twitter/@eurogamer, YouTube/Stadia, IGDB/Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey press kit.

Dani Polo writes articles — which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. He’s best known for writing technical gaming papers. He also writes about mainstream games, on subjects ranging from Halo to Minecraft. He enjoys reading about artificial intelligence and other nerdy stuff.