Things are gone mad and we’re probably living in the most uncertain times in recent history, so when we get any good news we have to shout about it. With social distancing and facing a long Easter Weekend on your couch rather than the beach the fine folks of Google have given us that good news we need! Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home, so Google are giving us all free access to Stadia Pro for 2 months..Nice one.
Stadia is going to be available in Ireland from today and as long as you have a Google Account, Compatible Device and a Controller, then it’s time to let the games begin.
Anyone who signs up will get two free months of Stadia Pro with instant access to nine games, including GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Thumper. You can purchase even more games on the store, which will remain yours to play even if you cancel your Stadia Pro subscription or when the trial finishes. Now some may be sitting there saying to themselves, “I’m already a Pro subscriber, so what’s the story for me?”. There’s more good news from Google here and if you’re already a paid Stadia Pro subscriber, Google will give you the next two months for free.
How to get started
If you’re new to Google Stadia, getting started is surprisingly simple:
- Go to Stadia.com to sign up
- Download the Stadia app on Android or iOS
- Play on your laptop, desktop or Chrome OS tablet with your favorite (HID compliant) USB supported controller or mouse and keyboard
- Play over Wi-Fi on Pixel or many supported Android phones
Sorting the demand
In recent times we’ve seen the likes of Netflix and Disney+ have had to throttle things to relieve pressure on internet services. Naturally that means the responsible thing is for Google to do the same.
To reduce load on the internet further, Google are reducing default screen resolution is being lowered from 4k to 1080p and the vast majority of people on a desktop or laptop won’t notice a significant drop in gameplay quality, but you can choose your data usage options in the Stadia app.
Finally, as you give Stadia a try, check out these helpful tips for setting up your home environment and as Google know many are going to be totally new to their platform they’ve also posted a Getting Started Walkthrough.