Google has announced it will be offering a free two-month trial to its Stadia Pro online gaming service to Canada and 13 other countries, starting today and over the next 48 hours.
“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 for two months,” explained Phil Harrison, Vice President and GM, Google Stadia, in a blog post.
Google confirmed to us Canada is one of the countries on the list for the two-month free trial, which includes immediate access to nine games, including GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Thumper. Google says games purchased will remain for yours to play even if you cancel your Stadia Pro subscription, which normally costs $11.99 CAD per month.
For existing Stadia Pro subscribers, Google says they won’t be charging you for the next two months.
Google also says Stadia bandwidth has been adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and everyone staying at home right now. “To reduce load on the internet further, we’re working toward a temporary feature that changes the default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p.”
To get started with Stadia, users just need to sign up on the website, download the Stadia Android or iOS app, then play with an HID-compliant USB supported controller/mouse/keyboard on your computer or Chrome OS tablet, or play over Wi-Fi on Pixel and other Android smartphones.