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Google Stadia games reportedly won’t be cheaper than PS4, Xbox One versions

Stadia boss Phil Harrison reportedly revealed that they’ll cost the same as the counterparts on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“I don’t know why it would be cheaper,” he told Eurogamer on Thursday.

“The value you get from the game on Stadia means you can play it on any screen in your life — TV, PC, laptop, tablet, phone,” he said. “In theory, the Stadia version of a game is going to be at the highest-possible quality of innovation and sophistication on the game engine side.”

Harrison didn’t tell Eurogamer exactly how much Stadia games will cost, noting that games’ publishers and developers are “in as much control of the price” as Google.

“Stadia Pro comes with the added benefit of discount opportunities on content to purchase. Discount specifics will be disclosed once the platform is live,” a Google spokesperson wrote an emailed statement on Harrison’s comments.

Stadia will launch with 30 games, including major upcoming ones like Baldur’s Gate, Borderlands 3 and Doom Eternal.

Stadia will be available at two different tiers, and you still need to buy games on both options. There’s a $9.99 per month model that offers up to 4K resolution providing you’ve got an internet connection of at least 35Mbps, 5.1 stereo sound, additional free games released regularly (starting with Destiny 2: The Collection), and discounts on select games. The free tier drops the resolution to a max of 1080p and has no 5.1 sound, free games or discounts.

Google Stadia can be pre-ordered now and will launch sometime in November.

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