"Stadia Pro will be a lot like Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus", according to Stadia's director of product Andrey Doronichev. Microsoft's service is available for $9.99 on either PC or Xbox One, while a combined PC/Xbox One offering will set you back $14.99 a month. "To be clear, Stadia Pro is not "Netflix for Games" like some people have mentioned", he said. Players who subscribe to Stadia Base will not receive the periodically free games and will only have access to the database of Stadia; any games Stadia Base players want will then have to be bought. More or less will be one a month. The first of those will be Destiny 2, in case you were wondering. The Stadia unveil was akin to a new console announcement, and what Google showed off as part of Stadia seemed like it would, you know, be a part of Stadia. It limits gameplay to 1080p and stereo sound, and will not include any free games.
A Parental Dashboard will be available for the platform at launch to allow parents to supervise how their kids use it, and Family Sharing will become available early next year. Perhaps the biggest question to come out of the AMA is the one that's been haunting many enthusiasts of the system: What happens to our games if something happens to Stadia?
On the Stadia controller and the audio setup, Doronichev confirmed that only wired audio via the 3.5mm headphone jack will be supported at launch - no Bluetooth via the controller, but you will obviously be able to connect to whichever device you're playing the game on for that. He added that "nothing in life is certain, but we are working hard to make Stadia a success".
During the Reddit AMA, Doronichev clarified that the Stadia Pro subscription service won't actually be, as many people have described it, a "Netflix for gaming". There is some obvious concern based on Google's track record that it could shut down the service, leaving game purchases lost in the ether.
"Eventually all of our games will be safely in the cloud too and we'll feel great about it", he said, adding that the company has been investing massively in "tech, infrastructure and partnerships" over the years.