Beginning today, April 8th, Google Stadia will be rolling out the ability to sign up for Google Stadia Pro for free for the next two months, only if you sign up using a Gmail account.
This is Google's plan to help give entertainment to those stuck at home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Phil Harrison, Vice President and GM of Google Stadia, "We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Keeping social distance is vital, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolated. Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home, so we’re giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia Pro for two months. This is starting today and rolling out over the next 48 hours."
You will be able to access games like Destiny 2, GRID, and Thumper for free, and purchase other games via the Stadia store.
Google Stadia will be free for two months. After the two months, you will be charged $9.99 a month, unless you opt-out of the subscription before then.
Along with the free months of Google Stadia, they will also be lowering the default resolution from 4K to 1080p to help with the ongoing demand for internet usage during this time. Phil Harrison says, "With increased demand due to more people at home during this time, we’re taking a responsible approach to internet traffic. For Stadia, we’ve always adjusted bandwidth use based on a variety of in-home and local internet factors. To reduce load on the internet further, we’re working toward a temporary feature that changes the default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p. The vast majority of people on a desktop or laptop won’t notice a significant drop in gameplay quality, but you can choose your data usage options in the Stadia app."
So, what are you waiting for! Go sign up for Stadia and get gaming!
Will you be signing up for Stadia for those two free months?