Doronichev emphasized that pro service is not "everything you can eat", but that subscribers receive serious benefits for $ 10 a month. "To be clear, Stadia Pro is not" Netflix for games "as some people have mentioned," he said. "A closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus." Pro subscribers receive 4K / HDR streaming, 5.1
Users of the baseline are expected to receive no discounts or games. "But hey, with Stadia Base you can access the latest gaming hardware in our data center for free," said Doronichev. "You spend your money to buy games you want."
To put it bluntly, Stadia Pro is not "Netflix for gaming," as some people have mentioned. A closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus. Pro subscribers receive 4K / HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. About one free game per month. Starting with Destiny 2 .
Another important aspect is that Stadia's controller does not support Bluetooth audio when the service launches in November. If you are streaming on a Chromecast Ultra, you must first use cable headphones through a 3.5mm audio jack on the controller. However, if you are playing on a Pixel Phone or PC, you will receive Bluetooth wireless audio through these devices, bypassing the controller. On the Stadia Controller product page, Google notes that although Bluetooth support is disabled at startup, it may later become active.
Google has reiterated that you can use all the games you have purchased, even if Stadia is set down the road. At the same time, Doronichev said Google is "super engaged" for the platform. "We have hundreds of passionate people who worked on it for years, and we've invested a lot in technology, infrastructure, and content."
Also in terms of social aspect, Google is all-in. At startup, you can manage your friends list, create parties, and use platform-level voice chat, "he said. And that is just the beginning. We also have a healthy pipeline of social functions ahead of us. "This includes achievements similar to other platforms, and Stadia will support family sharing early next year.