Google Stadia Pro begins to follow the same path as Google +, whose managers said it was not a social network.
Google announced Stadia in March. It’s their new streaming service for video games, a format that allows users to play through any device as long as they have an internet connection. We all said at the time that Stadia was going to be the Netflix of video games. But no, that’s not what it’s about, according to the company itself.
Ask Me Anything (AMA) is a classic in Reddit: managers of companies, teams or projects answer users’ questions. In the first Google Stadia AMA, Andrey Doronichev, its product manager, answered almost everyone. And in that context he denied that Stadia Pro is going to be a Netflix of video games. He was asked about Stadia Pro, the variant of the service that we can consider its premium offer because it will include everything that Google offers to players. Doronichev assured that Stadia Pro is not going to be a demand service (such as Netflix or HBO for series and movies). “Let’s be clear, Stadia Pro is not a Netflix of video games, as some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be with Xbox LIVE Gold or Playstation Plus. Pro subscribers will get 4K / HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games,” said Stadia’s product director.
In other words, the best of the best but not video games on demand. The head of Google detailed the main advantage of the pro service: subscribers will receive a free game per month (the first gift will be Destiny 2).