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Google Store now selling Stadia Controller without Founder’s Edition

When Google opened up pre-orders earlier this month, the Stadia Founder’s Edition was the only way to purchase additional Stadia Controllers. The Made by Google controller can now be purchased directly from the Google Store.

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Google Stadia will partner with UPLAY+ with a limited access to Ubisoft games

Google Stadia has a fairly solid launch lineup of big titles, but that’s going to get a big upgrade in 2020. During its E3 press conference, Ubisoft confirmed that its Uplay+ subscription service will be coming to Stadia in 2020, bringing over 100 games with it.

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Phil Harrison talks Google’s Stadia commitment, F2P & publisher subscriptions, free multiplayer

While Google does not have a show floor presence at the gaming conference, Stadia head Phil Harrison did sit down for his “only E3 interview” on Sunday. He addressed the perpetual fear that Google kills products, while also detailing features like multiplayer and additional publisher subscriptions.

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How powerful should my internet connection be for Stadia?

Does it matter which Stadia version I subscribe to?

Partially. If you don’t have a Stadia Pro subscription, it doesn’t matter what your internet connection is, you’ll only be able to stream up to 1080p with Stadia Base. If you decide to subscribe to Stadia Pro for $10/month, you’ll be able to stream gaming content at 4K resolution provided your internet connection is fast enough.

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Will my connection speeds affect game resolution?

The slower your connection is, the lower your resolution will go. Stadia streaming quality can drop all the way to 720p on a 10 Mbps connection, even if you have Stadia Pro. Likewise, you could have the best internet package available and only stream at up to 1080p if you decide to stick to the free Stadia Base.

Stadia recommendations

A 20 Mbps connection is recommended to stream in 1080p, so if you’re not going Pro, that’s all you’ll need.

How much data will this use up?

According to PC Gamer, a person streaming at 4K resolution with Stadia will use about 1TB of data in 65 hours. If you have 1TB data cap and don’t stream anything else, that gives you roughly 2 hours of play a day. For 1080p, that number jumps to 113 hours of streaming per month, again assuming that you don’t use any other data whatsoever.

What’s the average broadband speed in America?

The average fixed broadband speed in the United Statesin 2018 was 121 Mbps down and 50 Mbps up — when it comes to streaming, you’ll be concerned with your download speeds as opposed to your upload. These numbers are deceptive as they are heavily skewed by major cities. If you live in small town in the Midwest, you could be receiving much lower speeds. And this is also dependent on which ISP you have and what package you buy from them.

If you want to see what you’ll be getting with Stadia, try out its handy speed test.


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Google Stadia launching on Chrome, Chrome OS, Chromecast Ultra, and Pixel phones

During today’s Stadia Connect event, Google is revealing the answers to the big three questions people have been asking about Stadia—pricing, games, and launch info. We now know that Google Stadia will launch on a variety of devices later this November.

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Back at GDC, Google demonstrated that Stadia games would be playable on Chromecasts, Chrome OS devices, and Pixel phones. This built up the hope that Stadia would be available on all of these platforms from day one, and Google has delivered. During the first Stadia Connect, Phil Harrison revealed that their game streaming service would launch on Chromecasts, Chrome OS devices, Pixel phones, and Google Chrome.

Stadia is closely tied with Google Chrome, meaning any device with a Chrome browser can play Stadia games. This includes Chrome OS, Mac, PC, and Linux computers of all kinds. iOS devices likely will not be included in this number, as the Google Chrome browser on iOS is not the same as what’s found on all other versions of Chrome.

Many had hoped that Stadia would have full support for Android phones, but this appears to only be the case for Pixel phones at launch. However, while the Stadia app will be available on all Android devices (Marshmallow and above) at launch, only the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL will be able to Stadia games via this app. The Stadia app will be available for all other Android and iOS users for the purposes of setting up Stadia controllers and presumably managing your account.

Harrison also shared that Google’s “vision for Stadia is to run on any screen that runs Chrome,” which could theoretically include non-Pixel Android devices. However, the current Stadia FAQ makes it clear that this will not be the case at launch.

On the Chromecast side of things, Stadia is exclusive to Google’s high-powered Chromecast Ultra devices. This is unfortunate news for owners of standard Chromecasts, including the 3rd Generation Chromecast launched at last year’s Made by Google event.

Via 9to5Google


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Google Stadia ads will appear on your Google search today

At the first Google Stadia livestream, Google unveiled some details over the game streaming service, including pricing and titles. Advertisements will now appear on your Google search today.

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Your first visit to Google Search today (either signed-in or logged off) on the desktop web will pop up the rounded banner in the top-right corner of the screen. “Introducing Stadia,” Google invites users to “learn more about the new gaming platform.” Clicking will open the Google Store listing for the Stadia Founder’s EditionStadia.comnow also redirects to that pre-order page.

This bubble appears on both Google.com and Search results (i.e. if your first visit to Google is via searching in Chrome from the New Tab page). In the latter example, it will follow users as they scroll down the page. “No thanks” immediately dismisses the banner, but it will automatically disappear after that visit.

When Google advertises new hardware or software, it’s usually through a one-line prompt at the bottom of the iconic homepage. The Google Stadia ad that follow users across Search is much more prominent.

In linking to the Founder’s Edition, Google’s “Learn more” first presents people with the $129 bundle price in the top-right corner. The free Stadia Base to $9.99 per month Stadia Pro comparison is near the bottom half of the page. In between are details about cross-device play, specs (which might not necessarily appeal to the casual gamer), the ability to test internet speeds, and available games.

The long explanation of what users get — Stadia Controller, Chromecast Ultra, three-months Stadia Pro, Stadia Buddy Pass, exclusive username/badge — with the bundle is just above the service tier comparison.

It’s unclear how long the Google Stadia ad in Search will stay, but with five months to go until November expect a bigger consumer push nearer launch.


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Microsoft Xbox executive believes Google Stadia won’t match local gameplay, will lack content

There are yet things we still don’t know about Google’s upcoming gaming streaming service, but some have formed their opinions. In a recent interview, Microsoft’s Xbox executive expressed some thoughts on Stadia’s upcoming service, “rubbishing” the gaming streaming service.

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Google Stadia: A few things you might have missed

A few days ago, Google officially revealed Stadia to the world, the company’s big game streaming project. Impressive is almost an understatement when looking at Google’s ambitious new product, and that’s before we even get pricing details or a list of games. There are still some details to be learned from the initial hands-on coverage, though. Here are some Google Stadia tidbits you might have missed.

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