Google Stadia Founder’s Edition revealed: Price, specs, release date, games revealed

Google has unveiled Stadia’s first wave of launch titles, launch timing and pricing for the Founder’s Edition in a livestream today.

You can see Google’s full announcement below, but we’ve also seen a tweet in the wild that seems to suggest we’ll be able to get our hands on the device by November.

GamesRadar’s James Jarvis seems to have seen the Stadia Founder’s bundle will ship in November, suggesting that’s when Google will be pushing out the service and the affiliated hardware to early adopters of the service. 

This hasn’t been confirmed yet, though, and is still liable to be changed in the coming months. You can read that tweet here.

You can see what (official!) information Google had provided below.

Stadia is our game platform that uses different elements of Google technology, from our data centres to our hardware. It brings together people playing games and watching games, and lets you do it from wherever you are. Today we’re announcing the first collection of games coming to Stadia, and we’ll continue to add to this list later this summer.

You can now pre-order the Stadia Founder’s Edition at the Google Store—a limited number are available, so if you want to be one of our “founders,” be sure to get it before it’s gone. The Founder’s Edition packs over £250 of value into just £119 and includes:

  • A Chromecast Ultra

  • A limited-edition Night Blue Stadia Controller

  • Three months of Stadia Pro (more on that below)

  • A three month Buddy Pass to bring one friend along for the ride

  • Dibs on selecting a Stadia Name

The Founder’s Edition gives our first set of fans the highest quality gaming experience—you’ll get Stadia Pro and the ability to play your favourite games across multiple screens (for those of you with a 4K TV and Stadia Pro, you’ll get up to 4K HDR resolution at 60 frames per second with 5.1 surround sound).

Stadia Pro will include free content, as well as discounts on titles you buy. The first free title is “Destiny 2,” and it comes with the base game, all previous add-ons, the upcoming Shadowkeep expansion and the annual pass. And after your free 3-month subscription ends, Stadia Pro is only £8.99 per month.

If you want to pick up an extra controller for multiplayer games, for your laptop or just to keep a spare in your backpack for gaming on the go they come in three colours – Just Black, Clearly White or Wasabi – for £59. You’ll be able to access Stadia at launch this November in 14 countries: U.S., Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, U.K.—and we’re working to expand to additional countries in 2020.

And if you don’t need 4K quality resolution, you can still play your favorite games on virtually any screen with instant access and no downloads, updates or patches. Coming in 2020, Stadia Base is how you will play games you purchase in up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second without an active subscription to Stadia Pro.

Stadia Founder’s Edition is the first way to get Stadia in November, and we’ll be announcing even more games later this summer. Please visit or tweet us @GoogleStadia if you have any questions—we’d love to hear from you.

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