This afternoon, the Stadia team announced that they would be make the Pro version of their controversial Stadia platform free to all users for 2 months. The decision was made “to help people connect with friends online and have some fun during these challenging times.” Here’s how you can sign up:
To help people connect with friends online & have some fun during these challenging times, we're opening up Stadia for everyone. You'll also get 2 months of free access to Stadia Pro with some free games to play!
Check out our blog for all the details → https://t.co/n27t4Pmnn4
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) April 8, 2020
What’s included in Stadia Pro?
As of April 2020, there are 9 games included for free in the Stadia Pro package. There are:
- Destiny 2: The Collection
- SteamWorld Dig 2
- SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
- Serious Sam Collection
- Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks)
Who can sign up?
Currently, the Stadia platform is available for residents of 14 countries. Those countries include Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the US. The 2 months of free service will be rolled over the next 48 hours. If you find it’s not available quite yet, give it a try a bit later.
In replies to their original tweet, the Stadia team cleared up a few other questions. If you are already a Stadia Pro subscriber, never fear – you won’t be left out. The next 2 months of your subscription will continue free of charge. Additionally, players who used to have Stadia but cancelled their subscriptions can also sign up for this trial period.
A word of warning: once the 2 months have passed, users will be charged regular Stadia subscription costs ($9.99 per month). If you don’t want to pay after the trial is over, be sure to cancel your subscription.
How do I sign up?
To sign up for the trial, follow the instructions Google have provided. Most devices running Google Chrome can play Stadia games. Alternatively, a TV with a Google ChromeCast attachment will also function.