Google has confirmed that its upcoming Stadia Pro service will gift users “roughly one free game per month,” in a bizarre statement that has people scratching their heads.
During a recent Reddit AMA, Stadia’s director of product, Andrey Doronichev, opened up to let the good people of the internet ask anything they wanted to about the new gaming service.
Doronichev firstly quashed the incorrect belief that Stadia will run in a similar way to streaming services like Netflix.
“To be clear, Stadia Pro is not ‘Netflix for Games’ like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus,” he said.
“The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2.”
This all sounds mostly fine, but what exactly does “roughly one free game per month give or take” actually mean?
Will we get half a game in January and the next half in February? Will some months give us zero games? Will some months give us more than one?!
It’s a very, very bizarre turn of phrase, but Reddit seemed more interested in another less-than-clear-cut answer from Doronichev.
When asked if free-to-play games would be available on Stadia base, the response was: “No free games on Stadia Base. But hey, Stadia Base gives you free access to the state-of-the-art gaming hardware in our datacenter 😉 You spend your money to buy games you want.”
Another user asked: “Can you clarify ‘No free games on Stadia Base?’ Very specifically, the questioner was asking about ‘free-to-play’ games like Fortnite, but your answer could be interpreted as just reiterating that only Stadia Pro members get ‘free games’ like Destiny 2.
“If a free-to-play game like Fortnite were to arrive on Stadia, it would only be accessible to Stadia Pro members, correct?”
Unfortunately we didn’t get an answer to that one, so it’s not yet clear if games like Fortnite will be playable for Stadia Base users.
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