Google has announced that Stadia Pro subscription will be free for the next two months, the service was available before at an initial $129 for its Premiere Edition. The subscription service is being offered to all players in the UK, Canada and US and 11 other European countries. This offer represents Google’s intention to help keeping social distancing.
Google also announced that a the default screen resolution will be dropped from 4K to 1080p in order to reduce the stress that servers might face due to the increased demand. Reports from Gameindustry reveals that the company is still thinking of a free version of Stadia with a maximum resolution of 1080p, the service will be called Stadia Base, this version of the streaming service will launch later this year.
“We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory,” stated Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Stadia. “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.”
“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.”
Google made two big announcement last month, the announcement of a new studio in Playa Vista, California, and the appointment of Shannon Studstill, a well known veteran of the gaming industry. Under the leadership of Studstill, the new studio will produce exclusive IPs for the platform. Studstill left PlayStation after two decades of success at s Santa Monica studio. She is the Executive Producer of the reboot of God of War reboot for PlayStation 4.