Google has announced that Stadia Pro, its subscription service for its video game streaming platform, is now free to access for the next two months. Anyone with an active Gmail account is able to access the free games available on Stadia Pro. Once the trial runs out, players will lose access to the free games but can keep any that they purchased.
With a Stadia Pro subscription, players can access Destiny 2: The Collection, Grid, Gylt, Metro Exodus, Steamworld Dig 2, Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, Thumper, the Serious Sam Collection, Spitlings, and Stacks on Stack (on Stacks). If their internet connection can handle it, Pro subscribers also can stream at 4K and 5.1 audio. Stadia games can be accessed on a PC, laptop or mobile device. If you don’t have an official Stadia controller, the service also supports USB controllers, as well as keyboard and mouse. However, this service is unfortunately not available in countries where the service has not yet been introduced, like Australia.
“Video games can be a valuable way to socialise with friends and family when you’re stuck at home, so we’re giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia for two months,” Phil Harrison, the head of Google Stadia, wrote on Google’s blog. It is also mentioned that to handle the increased usage of Stadia’s servers, the default screen resolution is being downgraded from 4K to 1080p. This can be adjusted back to 4K, but some players may experience performance issues.
It is always nice when companies throw in free games in times of crisis. With many of us stuck at home, we are spending more time gaming. This decent mix of free AAA and indie games will give players a lot to get stuck into during their quarantine. Plus, making Stadia Pro free to access might encourage more gamers to check out Google’s struggling platform. It is unfortunate that this offer is only available in 14 countries, with no Australian release date in sight. Still, if you are in a country that can take advantage of this offer, the free two-month Stadia Pro trial can be accessed here.