It’s a big day for Google Stadia today, because it’s having a big expansion. Today, Stadia is moving to eight new countries in Europe, greatly raising the footprint of the operation. Even better is the fact that the service is going live only a few days before the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, allowing those without a console or a powerful PC a way to play it.
In particular, Stadia is now living in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland. If you live in one of those nations, you can sign up for the service on the Stadia website (so long as you have a Gmail account). Google also states that the roll out would take about 24 hours to complete, so if you can’t sign up right away, that’s probably why.
As Google points out in its announcement today, everyone who signs up for Stadia has access to two free-to-play games right off the bat: Destiny 2 and Bomberman R Online. Of course, Google also provides Stadia Pro subscriptions in all of these new territories, with a running cost of €9.99 per month in all eight nations.
With this launch in more European nations, the Stadia is certainly closing 2020 with a bang. Last month, it announced that it would soon start testing for the browser-based implementation of Stadia for iOS. At one point in the past, it seemed that iOS was largely out of the question for streaming services like Stadia, Microsoft’s xCloud Project, and Amazon Luna, but Safari-based web apps enable these companies to circumvent iOS App Store’s very strict game streaming rules.
We really don’t know when iOS streaming is going to be available to all Stadia users, but we’ll let you know when Google shares more. In the same way, we’ll let you know when the Stadia expands to other regions – here we hope it won’t be long before the Stadia expands to another handful of nations, so stay tuned for more.