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Google Stadia launches Nov. 19 for those who pre-order the Founder’s Edition

The $129 bundle is still on sale

Phil Harrison presents the Google Stadia Controller Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Google’s ambitious new cloud gaming service, Stadia, now has a proper launch date. Consumers who purchase the Founder’s Edition will be able to experience it first on November 19, with a wider release to follow.

Announced at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Stadia will use new streaming technology to push AAA-quality games to devices via a web browser. The Founder’s Edition includes a night blue controller, a Chromecast Ultra, three months of Stadia Pro, and a three-month “Buddy Pass,” allowing consumers to share the experience with a friend. That Founder’s Edition is still up for sale.

The platform’s launch catalog is expected to include a whole host of games, including Destiny 2 and its expansions. Eventually new titles like Baldur’s Gate 3 and even Cyberpunk 2077 will land there as well. In the opening days and weeks most consumers will be paying attention to the overall quality of the experience. The Stadia Pro is said to support up to 4K/60 fps HDR video with 5.1 surround sound so long as you can maintain 35 Mbps download speeds.

For more on Google Stadia, check out our in-depth features and reporting at Inside Google Stadia.

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