Stadia Pro is Google Stadia’s optional subscription. You don’t have to subscribe to Stadia Pro to play Stadia, but it comes with decent value to some. Let’s explore!
What do you get with Stadia Pro?
For $10 a month, you currently get:
- A varying amount of games added every month, accessible the moment they’re released in the Stadia store. Resulting in a growing library of games the longer you’re subscribed
- Every game that is still available to claim from previous months (if you subscribe in March 2021: 28)
- Up to 2160p (4K) in-game resolution in supported games, for an even more glorious experience
- High Dynamic Range in supported games, if you play on an HDR capable display
- 5.1 surround sound, if you have the setup
- More, and even better, discounts on games in the Stadia store
$10. A. Month. Let’s just put that into perspective real quick, here’s a Quora answer to a question on what you can get for $10 over the counter - What can you buy in your country for $10? - Quora. Spoiler: It's a cup of coffee and a tiny cake. 10/30 (average days in a month) = $0,33 a day.
Stadia Pro and my experience
I’ve claimed 71 games through Stadia Pro over the last 17 months (I’ve been a Pro subscriber since day 1), and I bought a few games that later launched on Pro (such as Get Packed and Gylt).
That’s 4,4 games on average per month. For $10 a month, actually less, since I’ve gotten 7 months of Stadia Pro for free, zero, nada, null, nothing. That’s 71 games for $100. That’s like, even better pure value than bargain bin gaming. It’s one game for $1,4. To me, that’s value.
Which has caused me to have a massive backlog of some games that I really enjoy, some I find mediocre, and some I dislike. This is inevitable with a service that keeps throwing games at me for $10 a month.
I usually play Stadia on a 4K HDR TV with Chromecast Ultra, or a 4K HDR PC monitor on Windows 10/Chromecast Ultra. Not having Stadia Pro is a non-option to me, HDR especially, and 4K is just really good.
Being a recurring Stadia Pro subscriber, there are some months when there’s not a single game I want to play added to the subscription. These are the months where I say “I just want the technical benefits” type of subscription for say, $5 a month.
But then a new month comes around, my library grows even bigger, family sharing enabled on everything (family group of 4 members, who all can access every game I have on Stadia, with parental control), and I’m reminded why I really like this model.
But are the games on Stadia Pro any good?
Do flowers smell good? Haha, I’m joking, but not really. Cue detective work!
Let’s look at what games Stadia Pro subscribers have gotten so far in 2021 (that’s January, February, and now March), all of them are still claimable if you sign up to Pro now:
- F1® 2020
- Hotline Miami
- Ary and the Secret of Seasons
- El Hijo – A Wild West Tale
- Journey to the Savage Planet: Employee of the Month Edition
- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
- Enter the Gungeon
- Little Nightmares 2
- PixelJunk Raiders (Only on Stadia)
- AVICII Invector
- PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle
There are some gems in there, in my opinion: El Hijo, Figment, Hotline Miami, Journey to the Savage Planet, Enter the Gungeon, Little Nightmares 2, PixelJunk Raiders, AVICII Invector.
But what about the really, really good games?
Hey, I’m really not sure what you define as good games. Have you heard of Metacritic? Good, let’s look at the average Metascore for every Stadia Pro game.
Metascore: 77. Averaged from (currently) 74 games (total amount of games on Stadia Pro through 17 months). Where 34 games have a Metascore of over 80+.
Some heavy hitters with Stadia Pro:
- Destiny 2 (this is now completely free with Stadia: you don’t have to buy it, you don’t need Pro)
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Metro Exodus
- F1 2020
- Hotline Miami
- Journey to the Savage Planet
The all-knowing, all-seeing eye for Stadia Pro game value!
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