About half a year after its first launch, Google Stadia finally has a free option for people who want to see what the company’s cloud gaming services are.
For a limited time, you can get Google Stadia Pro for two months for free. Usually $ 10 per month, Stadia Pro provides access to a growing library of titles that includes Destiny 2, Grid and Thumper, and allows you to stream games up to 4K resolution. If you have already paid for Stadia Pro, you will not be charged for services for the next two months.
After registering for Stadia, you can also purchase additional titles, such as Doom Eternal, Mortal Kombat 11 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Google plans to finally release the free Stadia Base option with a streaming limit of 1080p, but there isn’t a release date for it yet.
A free Google Stadia trial was announced at a blog post by Stadia VP and general manager Phil Harrison, who noted that trials are being released to help connect and entertain the increasing number of people currently trapped at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have had the most difficult time in recent memories,” Harrison wrote. “Maintaining social distance is very important, but staying at home for a long time can be difficult and feel isolated. Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you are stuck at home.”
Harrison also noted that Google is working on a temporary default resolution default for Stadia games from 4K to 1080p, due to a very large increase in people who play games at home and use internet bandwidth.
How to get Google Stadia for free
To start the free trial, open it Google Stadia website to register through your Google account. You will be charged if you continue to subscribe for more than two months, but you can cancel the subscription at any time before that. Harrison noted that the free trial was launched “for the next 48 hours” on April 8, so keep checking back if you don’t see an option to try this service immediately.
Currently you can play Stadia on any PC, Mac or tablet that supports Google Chrome, and this service supports popular USB controllers including DualShock 4 and Xbox Wireless Controller and keyboard and mouse. As far as mobile, Stadia currently supports Pixel 2 and newer, Samsung Galaxy S8 and newer, and all versions of Asus ROG Phones and Razer phones.
Is Google Stadia worth it?
At us Google Stadia Reviews, we were impressed with the overall stable streaming performance and compatibility with a variety of different screens. However, we found the service launch lineup somewhat lacking, and still lacking key features such as iOS compatibility. It doesn’t help that Stadia’s access was previously restricted to those who bought the $ 129 Premium Edition, which includes the Chromecast Ultra, the Stadia controller, and the three-month Stadia Pro.
Fortunately, the Stadia Pro line of games has grown since launching with titles such as Grid and Steamworld Dig, and major AAA games like Doom Eternal are now available on this service. And now it’s free for two months, there’s no reason not to try it.