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 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, Google won’t charge you for the next two months. After that, Stadia Pro is £8.99 a month, but you can opt out of your subscription at any time.
If you’re new, playing on Stadia is simple:
- Go to the official website to sign up
- Download the Stadia app on Android or iOS
- Play on your laptop, desktop or Chrome OS tablet with your favourite (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, Google has always adjusted bandwidth use based on a variety of in-home and local internet factors. To reduce load on the internet further, they’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, the support team has been significantly impacted, and the customer support functions are not running at full capacity. Please use the automated Help Centre 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 they’ve also posted a Getting Started Walkthrough.
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