The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in governments taking protective measures such as enforcing lockdown to maintain social distancing, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and isolating. With the belief that video games could help people socialise with friends and family when stuck at home, Google is now allowing gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia Pro for two months.
The update would be fully rolled out in the next 48 hours.
Now, if you sign up, you will get two free months of Stadia Pro with instant access to nine games, including GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Thumper. You can also purchase additional games from the store, which will be available for you to play even if you cancel your Stadia Pro subscription. And if you have already subscribed to Stadia Pro, you won’t be charged for the next two months. After two free months, you will be charged $9.99 a month for Stadia Pro, but you can cancel your subscription at any time.
If you’re new, playing on Stadia is simple:
To reduce the load on the internet, Google has temporarily defaulted the screen resolution from 4k to 1080p.
‘The vast majority of people on a desktop or a laptop won’t notice a significant drop in gameplay quality, but you can choose your data usage options in the Stadia app,’ Google said in a blog post.
If you face any problem, you can contact the automated Help Center and can check out these helpful tips for setting up your home environment. And for those who are new to Stadia, Google has also posted a Getting Started Walkthrough.