Google Stadia, which launched November last year is a game streaming service where games are hosted on Google Data centers across the world and are streamed, like Netflix to the gamer’s devices.
In a blog post, Phil Harrison – VP & GM of Stadia announced in the midst of corona-virus crises, people need to remain connected in this difficult times and is the main reason behind why Stadia is going free for 2 months in 14 countries. Just like xCloud from Xbox, Stadia also isn’t available in Kenya just yet.
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 isolating. 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.blog.google.com
The user will get instant access to nine games like GRID and Destiny 2: The Collection.
Phil also writes they are taking a responsible approach to internet traffic and, they’re looking at temporarily reducing resolution from 4K to 1080p to reduce the impact on internet bandwidth.
Google Stadia is currently available in countries: U.S, Canada, U.K, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland and Denmark.