The Director of Product for Google Stadia, Audrey Doronichev held a Reddit AMA and tried to help clarify questions that people may have about Stadia. Recently, the first Stadia Connect shared a little more information about how Stadia works and what games will be available at launch; but many people still have some questions about Google Stadia.
The AMA revealed a lot of new information about Stadia. For those wondering if Stadia is similar to Netflix. Audrey said: “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 surround, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!)”. Stadia Pro is the premium subscription option for Google Stadia. It costs $9.99/a month and will give gamers regular content that will be added to the Stadia library at the highest streaming quality. You do not need a subscription to use Stadia with Stadia Base. However, “no free games on Stadia Base. But hey, Stadia Base gives you free access to the state-of-the-art gaming hardware in our datacenter. You spend your money to buy games you want.”
During the AMA, Audrey also touched on some of the features that will be available. “We’ll get all the basic functionality at launch – play games across screens, no waiting for downloads or patches, social, store, etc. Of course, it’s not going to be every feature we announced at our vision announcement on day 1. But that’s the beauty of a cloud platform – it’ll be constantly improving!” Audrey also confirmed several other features such as achievements and other social aspects. Speaking about the inclusion of achievements, Audrey said: “Of course we’ll have something similar to other platforms. However, it will not be there immediately at launch. Will come a little bit later.” Google is investing a lot in Social, Communications, and Safety on Stadia. “At launch, you’ll be able to manage your friend’s list, create parties and use platform-level voice chat. And that’s just the beginning. We also have a healthy pipeline of social features going forward.” Google Stadia will launch in 2019.