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Google makes Stadia Pro free for two months in 14 countries

Published: 17:59, 08 April 2020
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In an attempt to make the ongoing health crisis more tolerable, Google announced that Stadia Pro will be free for the following two months. If you're a paid subscriber - you simply won't be charged for the service.

As was posted in Google's blog by vice president and general manager of Stadia Phil Harrison, the offer starts today and will be rolling out in the next 48 hours. 

"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", he wrote. 

Should you choose to sign up, you'll be getting two free months of Stadia Pro with access to nine games, which includes Destiny 2: The Collection, Grid and more. If you buy more games via Google's store, you get to keep them regardless of your Stadia Pro subscription. 

As for existing Stadia Pro owners, they'll be getting a two-month-long free ride, after which it's back to the standard pricing. 

It's pretty clear that the global isolation has taken its toll on Google's infrastructure as well, and Harrison reminded that they've taken a more responsible approach to internet traffic.

"For Stadia, we’ve always adjusted bandwidth use based on a variety of in-home and local internet factors. To reduce load on the internet further, we’re working toward a temporary feature that changes the default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p", he said. 

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He said that most desktop and laptop users won't notice significant quality drops, while the rest can be handled via the in-app data usage options. 

You can find the announcement here .

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