Google Stadia Release Window Confirmed

Google Stadia release window confirmed

At its Stadia Connect presentation, Google has confirmed Google Stadia release window. The release date announcement was one of several reveals made by Google at its Connect event today, with games like The Division 2 and Destiny 2 being confirmed for the streaming service.

On the Google Stadia website, Google has confirmed that the release window for the streaming service is November 2019. This is only the release window for the Google Stadia Founder's Edition which has three months of Google Stadia Pro, a three month buddy pass and an exclusive Midnight Blue Google Stadia controller. The website doesn't say anything more than November 2019, meaning that the service could become available any time in that month.

The website seems to suggest that Google Stadia Pro subscriptions outside of the Google Stadia Founder's Edition will not be available in November. The website says that "Stadia begins with the Founder's Edition" and "Your Founder’s Edition will be available in November 2019." It also says "Play Stadia in November with the Founder's Edition" and that those who buy the Founder's Edition will "get access to Stadia at launch." This all suggests that those who want to sign up to Google Stadia Pro, but don't want to purchase the Founder's Edition, will have to wait.

Google Stadia launch November

For Google, this may seem like a smart business decision. The tech behind Google Stadia's game streaming is incredibly powerful but by only opening the doors to those who have purchased the Google Stadia Founder's Edition, which is available in limited quantities, it can make changes before the floodgates open if needed.

Google would also be able to use the stats of how many people have registered and how many people have purchased the Founder's Edition to attract other developers and publishers to the platform. Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Baldur's Gate 3 are two big games, but Google will need to offer many more games than this to be the biggest game streaming service available.

However, by not making Google Stadia and the Pro subscription available to all until next year, Google could potentially be giving its competitors a way in. Microsoft has its Project xCloud streaming service and Amazon is also rumored to be working on a game streaming platform. If these launch to the public before Stadia is available to everyone, Google may end up losing some ground and some potential subscribers.

Source: Google Stadia

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