Reports highlight that the Silicon Valley titan has begun testing ‘Google Stadia”, an upcoming game streaming service that requires separate game purchases.
The comprehensive subscription service similar to Apple’s Arcade and the XBox Live Gold will come in two flavours, Stadia Pro that is due for launch later this year; and Stadia Base, which is due to debut sometime in 2020.
In a thread on Reddit, Director of Product for Stadia, Andrey Doronichev stated:
“To be clear, Stadia Pro is not ‘Netflix for Game’ like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus… Pro subscribers get 4K, streaming, exclusive discounts and access to some free games”. Roughly one free game per month give or take, starting with Destiny 2″.
With Google being hit and miss with its launches away from its core product offering of search, it will be interesting to see if Stadia gains traction.