Stadia to drop Nov. 19

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Google LLC this week said it will release the Stadia streaming game platform Nov. 19.

The Stadia Founder’s Edition will include the Night Blue Stadia Controller, Google Chromecast Ultra, Founder’s Stadia Name and three months of Stadia Pro at $129.

The Stadia Pro subscription will be sold at $9.99 per month and includes 4K, 60FPS streaming in addition to a library of free games, including Destiny 2: The Collection.

Non subscription Base users can stream at 1080p and purchase individual digital titles to play.

A 10MB per second download is suggested to stream at 720p, 20MB per second at 1080p and 35MB per second at 4K.

Stadia will launch in 14 countries in Nov. including the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.

The platform will be integrated into YouTube to allow users to play a game title from a YouTube page in as little has five seconds.

The Stadia controller will include a standard console analog and button array. The controller will have one-button access to Google Assistant and connect via Wi-Fi to a game-specific server.

Titles announced include Ubisoft Inc.’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and id Software LLC’s DOOM Eternal. In addition to third-party titles, Google announced Stadia Games and Entertainment, a new first-party division to produce original content.

In comparison to current box consoles, Google claims Stadia hardware clocks at 10.7 GPU teraflops compared to Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 Pro at 4.2 GPU teraflops and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One X at 6.0 GPU teraflops.

The final service will offer cross-platform multiplayer functionality.

Launch titles include Red Dead Redemption 2, Mortal Kombat 11 and Kine.


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