On Reddit, Andrew Doronichev, Google Stadia‘s director of product, held an ask-me-anything session, where he revealed more details about Google’s game streaming service.
The title a few lines above references the Google Stadia Pro subscription: „To be clear, Stadia Pro is not Netflix for Games like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games,” Doronichev wrote.
The Google Stadia Pro will be offering around one „free” game (“give or take”) per month. The first one will be Destiny 2. If you unsubscribe, but later resubscribe, you will regain access to the titles added when you were previously a subscriber. However, you will NOT get any of the games added when you were unsubscribed. This is Google’s method to keep you continuously subscribed to Stadia Pro. There will be no achievements at launch. They’re coming „a little bit later.” We can also forget about mods. Google would like to make it happen eventually, and they are working with developers to come up with a solution. The family sharing will come in early 2020. They also work on non-standard resolutions, but first, they focus on the most common ones, such as 720p, 1080p, and 4K.
Google aims to have Stadia available on as many devices as possible, and it might hit Android and iOS devices in 2020. The Stadia will support most HID-compliant controllers (including the Xbox One controller and DualShock 4), but if you want to play on your television, you will have to use the Stadia controller, as well as a Chromecast Ultra. The crossplay and cross-progression are „big priorities” for Google, but it’s up to individual developers to implement them. The next Stadia Connect stream is likely coming soon. If the service shuts down, all you can download will be the metadata (saves). The games won’t be downloadable.
That’s all Doronichev wrote. Google Stadia will launch on November 14 in the following countries: United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.