Google launched the free version of its Stadia game streaming service today. Anyone with a Gmail address can sign up.
A free two-month trial of Stadia Pro is available as part of the launch. Users need a compatible device and controller and good internet in one of the 14 supported countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark ,Sweden, Norway, Finland). Even existing Stadia Pro customers will get two months of the service for free, as Google is not charging existing subscribers for the next two months. The base free Stadia service is limited to 1080p resolution, 60fps and stereo sound.
The free version might not be immediately available in every region just yet but in the next 48 hours. Until today, Stadia was only available via a $129 “Premiere Edition” that came with a controller. “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,” writes Stadia VP and GM Phil Harrison. Stadia is a solid way to play games on a PC, or TV or device that would normally not be able to do so, like an underpowered laptop, for instance. Streaming to phone or tablet is also an option.