The Google Stadia release date has been announced. After several months of hype for Google's game-streaming console, the creators have locked in a timeline for when the first of these high-tech machines will be landing on customers' doorsteps: November 19, 2019.
Streaming games — that is, having most of the important files and processing hardware in a server cluster somewhere — has been the dream of many a company, but none have had much in the way of success save for short-distance hops like streaming from your PC to your phone in another room. Google, however, feels that they've gotten the tech working right and will be delivering their console worldwide in a little over a month on the Google Stadia release date.
What Google Stadia Is (and What It Isn't)
Although Google Stadia streams games, that does not mean that you are going to necessarily be getting games for free.
A subscription to Stadia Pro (which you get for three months with your purchase of a Founder's Edition or Premiere Edition) will eventually grant you access to a free library of games, but for the most part, you're going to be making purchases just as you would on any other console. The difference is that you won't be downloading 60 gigs of game files every time you play. On the upside, there's already a pretty nice selection available.
Alternatively, you can wait for the Stadia Base tier. You won't have to pay $10/month, but you'll be limited to 1080p at 60fps — you won't have access to the 4K and 5.1 Surround Sound of the Pro Tier. It will be arriving at some point in 2020.
The technology hasn't arrived in wider hands just yet, but an early test using Assassin's Creed: Odyssey was reportedly pretty darn good. Every game is different, of course, but the ability to run a relatively modern AAA game with minimal problems is a pretty good sign that the tech works. You won't have to use the included controller necessarily, either — pretty much any HID-compliant controller will work via the Chrome browser or mobile devices. (Playing with it on your television is going to, unfortunately, require the Stadia Controller and Google Chromecast Ultra.)
That said, do bear in mind that this is going to be streaming games over the Internet. You're going to want to make sure you have a robust Internet connection, and ideally a sizable data cap (and preferably none). It'll probably be difficult to tell how Stadia will affect your Internet usage until you have it in hand.
What You Get on the Google Stadia Release Date (and Why You Should Get One Now)
A post on the Google Blog has announced that the Stadia Founder's Edition will begin to land on doorsteps on November 19, 2019. People who pre-ordered Google's streaming console will receive three months of access to Stadia Pro which includes the ability to play Destiny 2: The Collection. The included Chromecast Ultra and Stadia Controller will reportedly allow you to play at resolutions up to 4K HDR with 5.1 surround sound.
There is one very, very important caveat to those of you who are thinking of ordering a Stadia for yourself: orders are being filled on a first-come, first serve basis. That means that, more or less, the first 100 Stadias that were ordered will also be the first ones to actually arrive to their owners. If you're seriously considering getting one, it's better to act sooner rather than later. You can get one for yourself over at the console's official website.
Will you be getting your own home streaming console on the Google Stadia release date? How do you think its performance will hold up as compared to a traditional console? Let us know in the comments below!