Report: Games on Google Stadia will cost the same as other platforms

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.

Source: Eurogamer

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  1. This is going to fail.

  2. Surely he means the pricing will be same as PS Now or X Cloud, as opposed to retail/digital download prices?

    • No, they’re selling the individual games separately. Except for those included with the £9/month option.

      PS Now only has the monthly option, with a lot more games included and the option to download them.

      So it looks like Google will be charging full price on top of the £9/month if you want 4K and proper sound.

      They may be over-estimating the number of people who (a) want to play proper games, (b) haven’t got anything that can play them already, (c) have a decent enough internet connection, and (d) have lots of money.

      They’ll realise and kill it off in about 2 years time. 6 months after the PS5/XBox Whatever launch?

    • Apparently Google are targeting lapsed gamers, those who used to play but don’t have the time/space/money for a console or PC now.

      The idea being they can just sign up and play, but that doesn’t work as you still need to buy a controller, and then the games, and that’s near as dammit to £100 to start off, plus a decent internet connection, so £30+ a month on top. That aint cheap.

  3. Ok so basically they want me to pay a monthly subscription to access games that I bought for full price that I don’t actually own…what if I stop my subscription? Can I still stream the game I bought full price? Or am I now locked out?

    • There will be a “free” version of Stadia at a later date, but it will only be 1080p, so your copy of Cyberpunk 2047, which costs the same as it does on PS5, will look worse.

      Nice one Google.

  4. Haha. Chuff off Google.

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