Google’s Stadia is often considered an also-ran in the gaming space, but its Stadia Pro subscription towers over similar offerings each month.
To many, Google’s Stadia platform is one big joke. Whether it’s the swift closure of its internal development teams or the fact that it had to give away Chromecast devices as a promotional tool, it’s obvious the streaming service didn’t get off to the big start Google likely hoped it would. However, one aspect of Stadia is doing quite well, and that’s the offerings of the Stadia Pro subscription. Although Stadia initially disappointed those hoping for a “Netflix for Games” type of service, it’s easy to argue Google’s subscription offerings rival PlayStation Plus and Xbox’s Games with Gold.
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Just this month, Stadia’s Pro additions included Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition, Pikuniku, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, and Spongebob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated. These add to a collection that already includes everything from Enter The Gungeon to Journey to the Savage Planet. In total, new subscribers gain access to 27 games right off the bat, with a set of new titles rotating in every month. Just like competing services, access to the games does end once a user’s Pro subscription lapses, but it’s a small price to pay for anyone looking to check out RE7 on the cheap.
In recent months, Xbox Game Pass has shown an increasing commitment to securing big titles for day one releases on the service. Stadia Pro hasn’t matched that effort, but it has had a similar commitment to giving subscribers new games from the start. From Orcs Must Die! 3 to Little Nightmares 2, Stadia Pro subscribers have been able to play some unique games upon release to go along with the monthly heavy hitters, and that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
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Of course, there are caveats to using Stadia that don’t affect other platforms. Players need a high-speed internet connection to use the service reliably, and some may balk at investing in a platform that the vast majority of the market doesn’t seem confident in. Still, while spending $70 on a single Stadia game may not be the best move, forking over $10 a month to play a varied selection of titles could be worth it. Users can likely get through the games they were looking to buy, claim the rest for a future month, cancel their subscription, and then re-subscribe when there’s another big-time Stadia Pro premiere.
The majority of Stadia’s business model is shaky, to say the least. However, the idea works well as a supplemental entertainment subscription service to have alongside other offerings like Xbox Game Pass and the newly launched Paramount+. If Google can continue to secure big games for Stadia at this current pace, it might just be able to keep the service financially viable. Competition is always a good thing, and anything that could buck Google’s trend of sending its best new ideas to the graveyard is more than welcome.
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