Google Stadia, Explained

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Will Google Stadia be the next big thing in gaming? We're betting it is. Due to launch next month with a fleet of AAA titles, we're very excited for the possibilities laid out in the video below. 

Stadia will debut with two tiers: Stadia Base Tier, which will be free and limit you to 1080p, and Stadia Pro Tier, which will bill you $9.99 monthly and deliver 4K and HDR along with 5.1 surround sound and free titles regularly.

To play on launch day, Nov. 19, you'll need to take action on the preorder offer for $129, which includes a limited edition controller and a Chromecast Ultra streaming device along with three months of the Stadia Pro Tier and Destiny 2. You'll also get first dibs on a gamertag.

On day one, it will work on notebooks and desktop computers via the Chrome Browser and any television that's fitted with a Chromecast Ultra TV streaming stick. It will also be compatible with the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 phones with iPhone and iPad support slated for soon after.

Plenty of big games are already announced for the "system," including Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Borderlands 3, Tom Clancy's The Division 2, NBA 2K20, Mortal Kombat 11, and Red Dead Redemption II. We're also expecting popular titles like Fortnite and Overwatch to port over soon.