Google is giving away Google Stadia for free to help keep people entertained through the coronavirus pandemic. The company is offering free access to Stadia Pro for two months, and once signed up, you’ll get instant access to nine games.
What Is Google Stadia?
For the uninitiated, Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service that lets you stream video games on a range of devices. And because Google’s data centers are doing the hard work behind the scenes, you don’t need powerful hardware to play triple-AAA title.
In March 2019, Google unveiled Stadia, and in November 2019, Google launched Stadia. In our review of Google Stadia , we described it as a “promising cloud gaming experience hampered by unreliable setup, a limited launch library, and missing features.”
How to Get Google Stadia for Free
In a post on The Keyword, Google explains that while social distancing is important, “staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating.” However, “video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home.”
So, with that in mind, Google is “giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia Pro for two months.” The games available for free include GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and SteamWorld Dig 2. You can also buy additional games to play on Stadia.
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
To access Stadia Pro for free, go to Stadia.com and sign up. Download the Stadia app on Android or iOS. Then play one of the nine games available for free on any of the supported devices. NB: You will need either a keyboard and mouse or a USB controller.
This is rolling out gradually, so it’s possible that the free version is not yet available in your region. If that’s the case, check the Stadia website again in 24 hours. And if you’re already a Stadia Pro subscriber, you won’t be charged for the next two months.
The Best Cloud Gaming Services
Google Stadia has garnered mixed reviews to this point. However, as it’s now free for two months, this is the perfect time to try it out for yourself. And even if you don’t like Google Stadia, here are the best cloud gaming services to stream video games.