Google Stadia

Google Stadia’s launch wasn’t exactly the best ever, but the service is still going almost five months after its release. And during these difficult times, the cloud-based gaming platform is offering two free months of Stadia in 14 different countries. If you’ve been curious about cloud-based gaming but haven’t bitten the bullet yet, now is as good a time as any to give it a shot.

How can I play?

First, you simply need to visit the Stadia website and sign up for two free months of Stadia Pro. As of this writing, it isn’t live yet, but it should happen soon.

Google also makes an important note to prospective users. Due to the increase in internet traffic due to self-isolation, it is temporarily reducing default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p. You can still manually adjust the option once you are in Stadia, though.

As one last note for newcomers, Google has its own Stadia controller, but you can use other devices as well. You can stick with the mouse and keyboard, or you can use a DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller. Google has provided a longer, though not exhaustive, list of supported devices on its support site.

What can I play?

Stadia Pro will give you instant access to nine different games, including GRIDDestiny 2, and Thumper. There is also a store where you can purchase games, which will remain yours to play even if you cancel your Stadia Pro subscription.

Some bigger titles are also coming to Stadia in the near future, although it’s unlikely they will be free. It’s also important to note that some of these will release outside of the two-month free to play window. If you’re interested, though, these include Cyberpunk 2077Baldur’s Gate 3Watch Dogs: Legion, and Gods & Monsters.

Who can use this offer?

Anyone can make use of this offer, as long as you live in one of the following countries: the US, Canda, Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, or Finland. There’s no word if Stadia will go free in other countries, but we’ll update you if it does.

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