SAN FRANCISCO: Multi-million dollar America based tech giant, Google announced on Wednesday i.e 8 April 2020 that Stadio Pro, it's cloud gaming service will now be available for free in over 14 different countries, meaning no entry fee worth $130 dollars is required. This is being done as people are usually home during these tough times due to the COVID-19 global outbreak and are practising social distancing.
Any individual who signs in during this time will have free access to over 9 games including Destiny 2: the collection, thumper, GRID, and so on, as per the statement of the company.
"You can buy even more games on the shop, which can remain yours to play even after you cancel your Stadia Pro subscription," said Google.
"If you're already a paid Stadia Pro subscriber, we won't be charging you for the upcoming two months. After that time period, Stadia Pro is $9.99 a month, but you'll be able to opt-out of your subscription at any time".
Video games are often a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you're stuck at home during lockdowns.
"Keeping social distance is important, but staying home for long periods is often difficult and can feel isolating," said Phil Harrison, Google's vice president for Stadia.
The company mentioned that the offer on Stadia Pro will begin from today and will roll over the rest of the country in over 48 hours or so.
If you're new, playing on Stadia is simple: head to Stadia.com to register, download the Stadia app on Android or iOS and play on your laptop, desktop or Chrome OS tablet.
"Play over Wi-Fi on Pixel or many supported Android phones," said Google.
Google also revealed that there is suddenly a spike in the demand as most people are spending time self quarantining and are under isolation, It also said that they are taking quite a responsible approach to internet traffic.
"For Stadia, we've always adjusted bandwidth use based on a variety of in-home and local internet factors. to cut back the load on the net further, we're working toward a temporary feature that changes the default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p," informed Google.
The vast majority of individuals on a desktop or laptop won't notice a big drop in gameplay quality, but they'll be able to choose data usage options within the Stadia app.