Google has announced that the Founder’s Edition of Stadia, its subscription-based streaming game service, will be released on November 19 2019.
In a blogpost, Stadia’s VP and Head of Product John Justice said: “Stadia Founder’s Edition will start arriving on gamers’ doorsteps on November 19, 2019! We know you’ve been waiting, so beginning at 5PM BSTon the 19th, if you were one of the first gamers who pre-ordered and have received your Founder’s Editions, you will be able to buy and play your favourite games—such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Mortal Kombat 11, Kine, and more — on your TV, laptop, desktop, and select tablets and phones.”
Justice continued: “Whether you ordered Stadia Founder’s Edition or Premiere Edition, you’ll have three months of Stadia Pro, with access to Destiny 2: The Collection. Using the included Chromecast Ultra and Stadia Controller, you’ll be gaming in up to 4K HDR with 5.1 surround sound when playing on your TV.”
Roughly one month ago, Google announced that the Founder’s Edition of Stadia – a £119 bundle including a Stadia controller, a Chromecast and a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro which provides free access to all the games which Stadia supports – had sold out. But it then replaced that bundle with the identical Premiere Edition.
Justice said: “Stadia Founder’s Editions and Stadia Premiere Editions will begin shipping in the same order that pre-orders were received. You’ll get an email when your package ships, and soon after, will receive a code to activate your Stadia account and Stadia Pro.” So, once Google has finished shipping Founder’s Editions, it will start shipping Premiere Editions. Which means Stadia Premiere Edition owners should be able to get the service up and running not too long after November 19.
As we described in our guide to Stadia, you’ll need a minimum of 30Mbps broadband in order to run games at 4K resolution, and 10Mbps just to run it at 720p resolution. At an unspecified date in 2020, Google will roll out Stadia Pro, an unbundled version of the service which comes without hardware, along with Stadia Base, which will require you to pay for any of the games you play over it. Google’s website lists 38 games which will playable via Stadia at launch. For more information, visit the Stadia website.