If you were hoping that Google Stadia might be a little cheaper than other platforms, after all you’re not getting a physical product and you do have to pay a subscription fee to access the games you own, well, tough, you’re out of luck.
Eurogamer asked Phil Harrison, head of Stadia, if the games would cost the same as those for PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation. “I don’t know why it would be cheaper,” he replied.
“The value you get from the game on Stadia means you can play it on any screen in your life – TV, PC, laptop, tablet, phone,” he added, “I think that is going to be valuable to players.”
“The publisher or the developer is in as much control of the prices as we are, so it’s a bit difficult for me to say what the prices will be right now,” he said, adding that they will be “very aware of prevailing prices in the marketplace.”
It has also been confirmed that Stadia is a separate platform to PC gaming, so there will not be any cross play between Google Stadia gamers and those on PC platforms such as Steam, unless specifically engineered in to the game. The news was revealed by Destiny 2 creator in an FAQ, but they have also said the will engineer in cross-play at some point in the future.
When it launches in November Google Stadia will adopt a simple system by which you can change your name to any ID that is not in use by someone else, a company spokesperson confirmed to PCGamesN, but they’ve not divulged whether or not they will be charging for the service.
The service will be going live in November with 31 games available on day one and a mixed subscription and purchase business model. It will cost $9.99 USD / $11.99 CAD / £8.99, and includes streaming up to 4K and access to a growing catalogue of “older” games starting with Destiny 2 and expanding from there, but you’ll need to purchase the latest games outright if you want to play them on day one.
You can read more about Google Stadia here.