Today's official launch of Google Stages, and if you've been salivating for the streaming game platform since May, you'll be able to start playing today … maybe.
Google's subscription game service will work a bit like Netflix or Disney Plus, where you stream games to your mobile device, computer or TV, with all the heavy processing happening online. If you purchased either the Stadia Founder & # 39; s or the Stadia Premiere package, you will have access to the service on launch day along with a free three-month trial of the Stadia Pro subscription plan, a limited edition controller, and a Chromecast Ultra streaming device.
As we got closer to the November 19 launch day, Google started talking about when you will be able to play exactly, what device you can play on and what games will be available when Stadia goes live. Here's what we know about playing Google Stadium.
What do I need to play on November 19?
If you pre-ordered Founder's Edition or Premiere Edition, you may be able to play when the game service opens November 19. 9 o'clock PT: Google said it will ship the founding and premier editions after a first-come, first-served ship leaving the store Nov. 18. You do not need this to play and more about it below.
Back to the physical package you will arrive outside the door, the delivery times may vary depending on when you placed your order, in some cases arriving after 19 November. When the CNET staff checked the estimated delivery date for their orders earlier, the month, the estimated delivery date ranged from November 21 to December 4.
The good news is that you do not need your package to arrive to play. The day Google sends your order, it will send an email with an invitation code that will allow you to create your account and reserve your name in the Android or iOS app. You also use the Stadia app to buy games.
Once set up, you can play Stadia games on your Pixel phone or your Chrome browser while you wait for your limited edition and Chromecast Ultra streaming device to arrive.
Can I still order the Stadia Premiere package?
Google still has the Premiere package available for pre-order in its store. The founder's package sold out earlier this year.
What devices work with Google Stages?
For mobile devices, you can play on Google's Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 phones and tablets running Chrome OS. Google said it wants to expand Stadia to iOS and other Android devices next year.
You can also play in the Chrome browser on a computer, and you can use a USB cable to connect a non-Stadia controller to your mobile device or computer to play.
To play on your TV at launch, you must use the Stadia Controller and Google Chromecast Ultra ($ 69 at Walmart) that comes with your order: The Stadia-specific Chromecast Ultra contains firmware for the Stadia Controller. Google said soon after its launch, it will be running an updated firmware update for the non-Stadia Chromecast Ultras so that they can also work with the Stadia Controller.
What if I didn't buy the founder or the premiere?
If you didn't jump to the $ 129 founder or premiere package, you have to wait until next year, when you can play at Stadia Base Level for free, buy individual games as you go.
What games will be available at launch?
Google originally said that Stadia would have a dozen games to play at launch:
But two days before launch announced ten more:
More information about Google Stadia can be found in Apple's Arcade game service and how Stadia is compared to others cloud services.