Google has announced some huge news - Google Stadia Pro is now free for the next two months!
With more people stuck at home with little to do, it’s only natural that many of us have turned to gaming, making this news from Google certainly welcome.
Google Stadia allows gamers to access some of the top games out there without the need to splash out hundreds of dollars on a gaming console or PC to run them.
What is free and how long will it be free for?
Google is offering two months of Stadia Pro for free which is typically priced at $9.99 a month.
You won’t need to purchase the controller to use Google Stadia - which is typically around $130. Instead, anyone with Chrome and a Gmail account will be able to sign up and start playing.
When you sign up, you will get instant access to nine games for free including GRID and Destiny 2: The Collection. You will be able to purchase other games from the store, which you can keep even if you decide to cancel your Stadia subscription.
What Google is doing to cope with increased demand?
On their blog, Google assured people that they are taking steps to manage the increase in traffic to Stadia. They have adjusted the bandwidth use based on a variety of internet factors.
“To reduce load on the internet further, we’re working toward a temporary feature that changes the default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p,” Google said in their blog post.
They assured users that they are unlikely to experience a significant drop in gameplay quality. You will also be able to change your own data usage options in the Stadia app.
How do you sign up to Google Stadia?
All you need to do is visit Stadia.com to sign up and download the app either on Android or iOS. You can then play on your PC, laptop or Chrome OS tablet with a mouse and keyboard or a controller. You can also play over Wi-Fi on Pixel or other supported Android smartphones.
If you would like more information on Google Stadia and how it all works, take a look at our mini-guide on everything you need to know about Google Stadia.