Cloud gaming platforms like Google Stadia operate in different ways from traditional console or PC gaming systems, and are disrupting the entire Gaming industry by using completely different distribution models and pricing methods.
In this article we’ll cover this new pricing methods and answer the most common questions related to the Google Stadia cost and pricing structure.
How much does Stadia cost?
Google Stadia is free on its basic membership. This free plan lets you play a few games completely for free and allows you to purchase 100+ games at prices typically between $20 and $60. Google also offers a Stadia Pro subscription service that costs $9.99 per month. This premium membership offers a superior streaming quality, allows you to claim a selection of free games every month and purchase some of the other games with a special discount.
Is Stadia Pro worth it?
It depends, if you don’t care about 4K/Dolby streaming and usually play one game, or a few, the Stadia free plan is a better deal for you.
If you prefer playing games in 4K/Dolby or usually play lots of games, the Stadia Pro membership will suit you best.
How much is Stadia per month?
The free plan for Stadia costs nothing per month and the Stadia Pro membership costs $9.99 per month.
How much do Stadia games cost?
Depending on the membership level, the cost of the games varies: a few games are completely free to anyone but the majority of games in the catalog cost between $20 and $60.
When you are a Stadia Pro member, you can claim a selection of free games that changes every month. In addition, there are some games in the catalog that have important discounts (20-50% off) for Stadia Pro subscribers.
Are Stadia games free?
No. Only a few games are totally free, the majority of titles in their 100+ catalog are not free. When a user is a Stadia Pro member (which costs $9.99/mo) every month there is a selection of games that Stadia Pro members can claim, but when the Stadia Pro subscription is cancelled these games cannot be played anymore.
Which Stadia games are free?
For the Stadia free tier, only a few games are free (Destiny 2, Super Bomberman R and Crayta).
For the Stadia Pro members, every month there is a selection of games that Stadia Pro members can claim for free.
How many Stadia games can I claim?
When you are a Stadia Pro member you can claim as many Stadia games as you want, but note that when you cancel the Stadia Pro membership you will no longer be able to play them.
Why are Stadia games so expensive?
Stadia games are expensive because the price you pay theoretically should cover the cost of the actual game plus the cost of the streaming technology, that enables you to stream the game from Google’s servers to any device you own, for an unlimited amount of time.