Google is making the Pro tier of its Stadia game-streaming service free for the next two months.
The decision comes in response to the ongoing global Covid-19 crisis. In a blog post announcing the move, Google Stadia’s Phil Harrison said:
“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. ”
Players who sign up will get instant access to the following nine games:
- Destiny 2: The Collection
- SteamWorld Dig 2
- SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
- Serious Sam Collection
- Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks)
Any other games purchased over the next two months will remain available to players even if they don’t continue their Stadia Pro subscription. And if you are an existing Stadia Pro subscriber – we’re sure you exist somewhere – you won’t be charged for the next two months.
Due to the global increase in internet usage, the service’s default screen resolution is also being changed from 4K to 1080p.
It will be interesting to see if the move claws back some goodwill for the platform and gives it the boost it so desperately needs. Head over to the Stadia website and download the Android or iOS app to get started.
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