Google Stadia requires controller and Chromecast for TV play

To access Stadia in 2019, you need to purchase a bundle

Google Stadia will require a Stadia Controller and Chromecast Ultra for television play, the company has said.

A Stadia Controller ($69 / £59) and Chromecast Ultra ($69 / £69) combine for a cost of $138 / £128 in order to play Google’s streaming service on a television.

However, to access Stadia in 2019 you will need to purchase a $129 / £119 Founder bundle, Google said, which includes a controller, Chromecast and 3-month subscription. “Purchasing an individual controller does not entitle you to Stadia access,” it said.

At launch, a $9.99 / £8.99 monthly Pro subscription will also be required, with games that are not included in the Stadia Pro library requiring seperate purchase. A free service will launch in 2020.

On Pixel 3 and 3a mobile devices and on PCs via Chrome, players will be able to use Stadia using third-party controllers via USB, Google said.

Google confirmed on Thursday that Stadia will launch in 14 counties in November 2019.

Launch games include Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the latest Tomb Raider titles, Doom Eternal, Destiny 2, The Division 2, Mortal Kombat and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint.

The company recommends an internet speed of at least 10 mbps for a bottom line “720p experience” on Stadia.