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.
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 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.