During a Reddit ‘Ask me anything session’ Google Stadia director of product Andrey Doronichev presented some more details about Google’s Stadia online gaming service coming in November. The presentation covered a variety of subjects from social features to technical details to Google’s commitment to the platform. He further clarified the confusion over Google Stadia pro as being more like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold than Netflix. Pro subscribers will even get one free game a month “give or take.”
Doronichev emphasized that the pro service won’t be like an ‘all you can eat offer,’ subscribers would get some serious benefits all for $10 a month. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2.
Users of the base plan won’t get the discounts or any of the free games but stadia Base gives you free access to the state-of-the-art gaming hardware in our datacenter. Doronichev said that you have to spend your money to purchase games. Another thing is that Stadia controller won’t support Bluetooth Audio when the service launches in November. Initially, you would be forced to use wired headphones via a 3.5mm audio jack on the controller if you’re streaming on a Chromecast Ultra.
Using Google stadia pro, itself is free and if you don’t subscribe to Pro you’ll still be able to stream games at 1080p in 60fps with stereo sound. The main thing about the stadia game library is that you still have to purchase the games you want from retailers or publishers and build your own library. Also, the free games from Stadia pro will help to organize your library. Another thing to mention here, just like PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold, you will lose access to your free Stadia Pro games if you stop subscribing at any time.
After that, you have to re-gain access to those games if you resubscribe to Pro, and Google confirmed it will not remove games from your Stadia library, even if it gets de-listed.
If you’re playing on a Pixel phone or PC, you’ll get wireless Bluetooth audio via those devices, bypassing the controller. On the Stadia controller product page, Google notes that while Bluetooth support will be switched off at launch, it may be enabled down the road. Google re-emphasized that you’ll be able to use any games you purchase, even if Stadia is discontinued down the road.
Meanwhile, Doronichev said Google is super committed to the platform. The company has hundreds of passionate people who have spent years building it. They have invested a ton in tech, infrastructure, and content.