Google Stadia pre-orders won’t arrive on launch day – and could be delayed by two WEEKS

The Sun Technology 1 month ago

GAMERS who have pre-ordered the new Google Stadia might not receive their deliveries on launch day.

Worse still, early-bird customers might be left waiting two whole weeks before they receive the new streaming console.

Google Stadia is a brand new gaming platform that could replace your home console

Google’s ingenious system will let you stream video games over the internet – removing the need for a physical console.

Gamers have been able to place pre-orders for the Founder’s Edition and Premiere Edition of the service and Stadia joypad for months, in preparation for the November 19 launch.

But Google has now told tech site The Verge that pre-orders don’t guarantee day one delivery.

“Neither set of buyers will necessarily be able to play at 9am PT (4pm GMT) on November 19, the moment that Stadia launches,” The Verge wrote.

The Stadia Founder’s Edition includes a Stadia controller and a Google Chromecast Ultra

“Because Google’s shipping out kits in the order they were received, and the new Premiere Edition apparently won’t have shipped by that date.”

In a blog post, Google also confirmed that Founder’s Editions will only “start arriving” on November 19.

That means you won’t necessarily get it on that day.

And you’ll only be able to play at launch if “you were one of the first gamers who pre-ordered”.

Google also added that it expects both Founder’s Edition and Premiere Edition orders to arrive within the first two weeks of launch.

You’ll need a decent internet connection to play Stadia games

The Stadia Founder’s Edition costs £119, and includes a Stadia controller, a three months of a Stadia Pro subscription, and a Chromecast Ultra streaming dongle.

Google Stadia promises impressive streaming in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.

And Stadia Pro gets you access to free games released regularly – starting with Destiny 2: The Collection.

This membership would usually cost you £8.99 per month.

It’s not essential though: anyone with Stadia can buy games on their own – without the need for a subscription.

The ultimate goal is to get Google Stadia working on practically any device.

In fact, it can even run Xbox or PS4-quality games on a mobile phone’s web browser.

Google Stadia Pro is the only option available at launch, but a Base membership will also be available next year

But Google is limiting supported devices initially to make sure the launch goes as planned – and to make ironing out any bugs easier.

Supported devices right now include:

  • Google Chromecast Ultra (for TV play)
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3a XL

You’ll also need a controller, and that doesn’t necessarily mean a Stadia controller.

Your PS4 or Xbox One joypayd will also work just fine with Stadia.

In other news, Google has unveiled the new Pixel 4 smartphone with the world’s “fastest face unlock”.

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Will you be buying Google Stadia? Let us know in the comments!

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