Wednesday, April 8th 2020

Google Stadia Pro Goes Free for the Next Two Months

Today Google announced that it would be opening up registration for Stadia's free tier, and that all new and existing customers will receive two months of Stadia Pro for free in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Google Stadia is available in 14 countries and the pro tier will give users access to 9 free games including GRID and Destiny 2.

We're facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Keeping social distance is vital, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating. Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you're stuck at home, so we're giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia Pro for two months. This is starting today and rolling out over the next 48 hours.

Anyone who signs up will get two free months of Stadia Pro with instant access to nine games, including GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Thumper. You can purchase even more games on the store, which will remain yours to play even if you cancel your Stadia Pro subscription. If you're already a paid Stadia Pro subscriber, we won't charge you for the next two months. After that, Stadia Pro is $9.99 a month, but you can opt out of your subscription at any time.

If you're new, playing on Stadia is simple:
  • Go to Stadia.com to sign up
  • Download the Stadia app on Android or iOS
  • Play on your laptop, desktop or Chrome OS tablet with your favorite (HID compliant) USB supported controller or mouse and keyboard
  • Play over Wi-Fi on Pixel or many supported Android phones
With increased demand due to more people at home during this time, we're taking a responsible approach to internet traffic. For Stadia, we've always adjusted bandwidth use based on a variety of in-home and local internet factors. To reduce load on the internet further, we're working toward a temporary feature that changes the default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p. The vast majority of people on a desktop or laptop won't notice a significant drop in gameplay quality, but you can choose your data usage options in the Stadia app.

Like so many people around the world going through this crisis, our support team has been significantly impacted, and our customer support functions are not running at full capacity. Please use our automated Help Center and, as you give Stadia a try, check out these helpful tips for setting up your home environment. Many of you will be new to Stadia, so we've also posted a Getting Started Walkthrough.

Have fun, stay safe, and we look forward to playing with you on Stadia.
Source: Google
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13 Comments on Google Stadia Pro Goes Free for the Next Two Months

#1
Basard
When they start paying people to sign up then maybe I will. lol....
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#2
skaldic
They're hoping you forget to cancel it ? Ofc you need to add your credit card
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#3
Vayra86
Here, take two free months of a heavy bandwidth usage service!

But, hang on, we'll slash the quality by 75%. After all, the internet can't really handle our service being popular.

Yep, streaming's real great.
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#4
bug
That's terrible news. By not subscribing, I was saving $9.99(+tax) each month. Now my savings are gone :(
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#5
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Last ditch effort on their failure before it goes to the scrap pile.
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#6
TheLostSwede
Right, so there's a thing saying click here for two free months, which takes you to another page that asks you for an invitation code or to pay up for the Pro bundle... GG Google...
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#7
Vayra86
TheLostSwede
Right, so there's a thing saying click here for two free months, which takes you to another page that asks you for an invitation code or to pay up for the Pro bundle... GG Google...
Sounds an awful lot like an early death bed to me. I have Google Glass deja vu...

Good riddance
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TheLostSwede
Right, so there's a thing saying click here for two free months, which takes you to another page that asks you for an invitation code or to pay up for the Pro bundle... GG Google...
But you are probably free(ish) for the next couple of months, so...
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TheLostSwede
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But you are probably free(ish) for the next couple of months, so...
By having to buy the hardware bundle for US$140? That's hardly free to me, but hey...
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TheLostSwede
By having to buy the hardware bundle for US$140? That's hardly free to me, but hey...
I meant free, as in having to stay at home. Poor attempt at a joke. Probably because when I hear about game streaming, it still sounds like a joke to me.
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TheLostSwede
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I meant free, as in having to stay at home. Poor attempt at a joke. Probably because when I hear about game streaming, it still sounds like a joke to me.
Sorry, didn't read that quite right.
GeForce Now kind of saved my ass for a bit, until I got to borrow a machine I can play games on.
Worked surprisingly well, but during the short time I've been using it, most of my games got pulled by their publishers, which made it a tad pointless...
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TheLostSwede
Sorry, didn't read that quite right.
GeForce Now kind of saved my ass for a bit, until I got to borrow a machine I can play games on.
Worked surprisingly well, but during the short time I've been using it, most of my games got pulled by their publishers, which made it a tad pointless...
Even if the games wouldn't have been pulled, would you keep subscribing to something that's only useful every now and then?
It just feels like everybody's doing this just to figure out the hardware challenges, so that when the real solutions start to take off, they'll be in the know.
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TheLostSwede
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Even if the games wouldn't have been pulled, would you keep subscribing to something that's only useful every now and then?
It just feels like everybody's doing this just to figure out the hardware challenges, so that when the real solutions start to take off, they'll be in the know.
No, I would only use it when it's useful obviously.
It's not quite the same as Netflix etc.
It also has a lot of limitations if you want to get the most out of it and it's impossible to play FPS games on a 12.5" notebook screen...
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