Google’s long-awaited cloud gaming service Stadia is finally here. Gone are the days when you had to wait and install the games. The service is now live with 22 games and 4K videos at 60 frames per second.
Stadia subscription comes in at $129.99 which gets you a Stadia controller, a Chromecast dongle, three months of usage and a free pass for one more person to play. But Stadia will need at least a 10Mbps internet connection at 720p resolution and 35 Mbps to stream games at 4K.
Google is planning a premium Stadia Pro gaming service which is going to go live sometime next year. This subscription will cost gamers an additional $9.99 a month.
Many reviews of Stadia say that the console-quality experience is brilliant and works great without clunky and space-consuming hardware. The games are loading pretty much seamlessly on the mobile – as long as the internet connections are strong. The Stadia works well on the PCs and laptops with minimal lag.
The Google Vice President and GM Phil Harrison told Reuters that in 2020 and beyond the company plans to release around 450 games that are currently under development.