Google is now offering free limited-time trials for Stadia games

midian182

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In brief: Google isn't giving up on Stadia, despite the game streaming service proving a lot less popular than the company hoped. It's latest attempt to attract new users involves free limited-time trials of games.

YouTube channel Gem (via 9to5Google) spotted that users of Stadia's free option can now access a 30-minute trial of Hello Engineer. It's already free to those who subscribe to the service's Pro tier, while those on the free tier have to pay $20 for the full game. Now, the latter can hit a "free trial" button to try the game for 30 minutes before deciding if it's worth the money.

The countdown starts from the moment users begin the trial, rather than only counting the time spent in-game. Once it hits zero, players are asked if they would like to purchase the full title, which will carry over their progress.

A Stadia rep told The Verge that the trials are an experiment that will continue across the coming months, and other selected titles will be included in the coming weeks. But they won't all be 30-minute sessions, and not everyone will see the same games.

Google has tried limited Stadia demos in the past, and we recently heard it is offering its under-the-hood tech to AT&T as a "whitelabel" product, giving those with an AT&T Wireless subscription free access to Batman Arkham Knight.

Google recently gave away free Stadia Premiere Edition kits to anyone who bought or pre-ordered a full-price Stadia game, the latest in a series of similar giveaways. People have been watching the service closely since Google closed down its first-party Stadia game studio earlier this year, but are free trials enough to save it?

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Sausagemeat

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They need to give up on this. It’s awful, I tried the free trial and it was blurry af and im only used to gaming on an RX480.

All Google are good at doing is selling your data to big corporations.
 

QuantumPhysics

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Stadia was never gonna work in places with data caps.

Until there is more equity in data plans/availability - it never will.

Looks like a decent controller to use on the PC tho...
 

Dimitriid

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I remember a few months ago when they were giving away Stadia hardware with some games? Now they're just giving away games themselves. Sure "demos" for now but it won't fix things, in a few more months they might give just blanket all free games with the hopes you try it and stay and it *still* won't save them.

This is just a ship that's sinking like a few drops of water at the time but it's inevitably sinking still, just veeeeery slowly.
 

0dium

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Stadia was never gonna work in places with data caps.

Until there is more equity in data plans/availability - it never will.

Looks like a decent controller to use on the PC tho...
Last time I checked it was 2021. Do some people still have data caps? Asking as a european.