Forget Xbox Series X – you can now get a FREE Google Stadia with YouTube Premium
YOU can now bag yourself a free Google Stadia gaming kit worth £90/$100 if you have a YouTube Premium subscription.
Google launched the deal this week for active YouTube Premium subscribers in the US and UK.
Stadia is Google’s cloud gaming platform launched in 2019[/caption]
If you’re a subscriber to YouTube’s paid tier, you get a free Google Stadia Premiere Edition bundle, Google said.
That includes a Stadia Controller and a Chromecast Ultra dongle. The deal is not available to new subscribers.
To get your hands on your console, simply login to a YouTube Premium account and follow this link.
The only drawback is that you’ll have to sign up for a free month of Stadia Pro, which gives you access to a library of more than 100 games.
Stadia now has new rival, the Xbox Series S (left) and Series X (right)[/caption]
After that, you’ll be charged the service’s £8.99/$9.99 a month fee. You can cancel the subscription before you’re charged.
YouTube Premium costs £12/$12 a month and offers ad-free videos as well as access to content locked away from non-paying users.
The move is likely a way for Google to get Stadia in front of people amidst the release of two new next-gen consoles this week.
Microsoft launched its Xbox Series X machine on Tuesday, while Sony’s PlayStation 5 hits shelves tomorrow.
Google Stadia is a game streaming service that lets you play console titles on smartphones and laptops.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – when are they out and how much will they cost?
Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and its smaller, cheaper sibling, the Series S, on November 10.
The release date covered the UK, US, Australia and a bunch of other countries worldwide.
The disc-free Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
So how does that compare to the new Xbox’s biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?
Sony has revealed the PS5 release date falls on November 12, but not everywhere.
That date only stands for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
In the UK, you won’t be able to get it until November 19.
The PS5 proper will cost £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.
Normally, a games console renders graphics on the machine – requiring powerful and expensive hardware.
Stadia renders the graphics remotely on a high-powered computer and sends them to you over the internet, a bit like Netflix.
It means you can play games on really rubbish devices, including smartphones or the Google Chrome web browser.
Stadia launched last year but hasn’t managed to capture the hearts and minds of gamers despite massive hype around the system ahead of release.
Players have moaned that Stadia requires an excellent internet connection to work properly and lacks Sony or Microsoft’s huge roster of top games.
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