Google’s game streaming service, Google Stadia, is now free for everyone in the 14 supported countries. If you have a Gmail account, you can enjoy the “Base” version of the service without paying anything. Also, the “Pro” edition, which was available for $129, is on a free trial for two months.
The existing “Premium” subscribers will also benefit from the free trial, as they won’t have to pay anything for the next two months. The company decided to open up the service to people because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home, so we’re giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia for two months,” said Stadia VP and GM Phil Harrison.
Players can choose to pay for Google Stadia’s “Premium” edition when the two month trial period ends. However, if they decide not to go for the “Pro” edition, then they can always switch back to the free Base tier. The Base tier is limited to 1080p, 60fps, and stereo sound.
To handle the influx of new users, Google decided to go through some changes in Stadia. The company changed the default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p. Although, people can choose the settings of their preference through the Stadia app.
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Free Google Stadia Gaming Service
If you’re from one of the 14 supported countries, then all you need is a good internet connection, a compatible device, and a controller to enjoy Google Stadia service for free.
The two months free trial of the “Premium” edition will give you nine free games to enjoy on the service, including Destiny 2, SteamWorld Dig 2, and GRID.
Additionally, you have an option to buy other games from the Stadia Marketplace. However, you should know that with only 38 supported games in total, you won’t have many games to play on the service.
Finally, here are all the countries in which the service is available:
- United States
- United Kingdom