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Google prepares free version for game streaming service Stadia

Google's bet on video games is not going as originally planned. Launched in November 2019 in selected markets, Google Stadia took off with a limited catalog of just over 20 games, between a few well-known names and two or three exclusive, but far from convincing. It is certain that users who invested in Founders Edition, the initial package that contains the special controller and a Chromecast Ultra, for 130 dollars for three months of subscription, have received little or nothing new since then. And with the quarter ending, there are many criticisms made by users for almost abandoning the service prematurely.

It is certain that in these three months, Google never changed the terms of access to the service, maintaining the base price of 130 dollars to access the games available, considering clearly, the inherent advantages of playing in streaming. But the tech giant is working on a new free service offering for the 14 countries where Google Stadia is now available: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom United and United States.

However, there are notable differences between the Pro subscription of 10 monthly dollars and the free one. While the paid version is possible to 4K, in the free version the maximum resolution of 1080p, both with a framerate of 60 FPS. The Pro version has a 5.1 sound system in the equipment that supports it, while the free version is in stereo.

In the paid version, players will access free games released on a regular basis (supposedly monthly), as well as special discounts on selected titles, while the base version has no tassels.

According to Phil Spencer, the patron of the gaming division of Google, to the Protocol portal, the great strategic difference that the company intends to launch a free version of Stadia soon, in what is considered the first time the team gives news since its launch in November. The company adds that during 2020, 120 more games are expected to arrive in the catalog, including a dozen exclusives planned for the first half of the year.

The novelties do not contribute to the happiness of early adopters players who invested in the initial package, claiming promised features that have not yet been introduced, including the possibility of playing on Android smartphones in general and on iOS devices. For only the manufacturer's models, Pixels are compatible.

It is still a coincidence that the disclosure of Google's plans for Stadia, days after NVidia officially launched its own streaming service, GeForce Now, which has been beta-tested. And the service works on all Android devices and computers with Windows OS and MacOS. And although it is necessary to install an application to access the service, the company specializing in graphics cards has already revealed that it will launch a web version, based on WebRTC, dispensing so the app, which was one of Stadia's assets here. And NVidia seems a lot more generous, by allowing players to associate their Steam library, and for a symbolic amount and play them in streaming without installing them.