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Google says, ‘This time around, it’s all about the games’

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Google will reveal more details about Google Stadia, the company’s ambitious streaming platform that will launch later this year, during a livestream on Monday, Aug. 19. The latest episode of Google Stadia Connect is “all about the games,” Google says.

Today’s Google Stadia Connect, which will stream in advance of this week’s Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany, will begin at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m PDT. Google promises “brand-new trailers” and behind-the-scenes looks at upcoming Stadia games.

In June, Google confirmed a long list of games that publishers and developers are bringing to Google Stadia. More than 30 games from publishers such as 2K, Bethesda Softworks, Rockstar Games, Square Enix, and Ubisoft will come to the streaming platform. Google also has its own in-house development studio, Stadia Games and Entertainment, led by veteran developer Jade Raymond.

Google Stadia is expected to launch this November in 14 countries. The only way to get Stadia within its early launch window is to purchase a Founder’s Edition pack to enable the service, Google said.

The Stadia Founder’s Edition will include a Chromecast Ultra, which supports the 4K gameplay that Google is promising; a limited-edition “midnight blue” controller; a three-month Stadia Pro subscription, plus one voucher to give the same subscription to a friend; and the ability to reserve a Stadia username early, which is tied to the user’s Google account. The Founder’s Edition will launch in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. It retails for $129.99 in the U.S.; full country-specific pricing can be found on the G-Store, which is the only place Google is selling it.

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