Google partners with BT to offer Stadia bundled with high-speed internet service in UK

United Kingdom provider BT Broadband has partnered with Google to offer customers internet service packages bundled with Stadia. Now when people subscribe to BT’s Superfast Fibre 2, Ultrafast Fibre 100, or Ultrafast Fibre 250, they will receive Stadia Premiere Edition for free. The plans start at £40.

Google’s Stadia Premiere Edition regularly lists for £120. It includes three months of Stadia Pro, a Chromecast Ultra, Stadia controller, and Destiny 2: The Collection. Presumably, at the end of three months, £9 will be tacked on to your bill to continue your Stadia Pro subscription, although the company’s press release did not mention this point.

Stadia requires a connection speed of at least 35Mbps for 4K gaming. BT’s Superfast Fibre 2, which is the most widely available package, averages 67Mbps, which is theoretically sufficient so long as the network does not get bogged down.

The ISP is still rolling out Ultrafast Fibre 100 and Fibre 250, so it is only available in limited areas, but the company claims it is on track to connect to more than 12 million homes by the end of the year. These packages offer speeds between 145Mbps and 300Mbps, with a guarantee to stay above 100Mbps (Fibre 100) or 150Mbps (Fibre 250). BT will refund customers £20 if their connection drops below these thresholds.

The partnership is another step by Google to push its game streaming service into the mainstream. Since launch, it has been adding more games to the service with a promise of more than 120 coming in 2020. It has also been snatching up developers so it can start churning out first-party titles. Its latest acquisition was Typhoon Studios, which is working on Journey to the Savage Planet.

Game streaming still has not proven itself to be a better alternative to owning hardware. However, that is not stopping Google from pouring resources into the platform to get it there.

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redhat

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I was thinking for even bigger combo something like internet (plus cell phones) /TV /Netflix/and cloud gaming
bye the way is not possible/better to use satellite technology for cloud gaming techs?
 

3volv3d

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I saw this today, but missed most the advert, saw the controller, the BT hub. I am with BT and my god I would rather not be with the UK's worst BB provider.
Put me off immediately.
 
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I saw this today, but missed most the advert, saw the controller, the BT hub. I am with BT and my god I would rather not be with the UK's worst BB provider.
Put me off immediately.
Yeah as I was looking into BT while writing, I thought, "I wonder if Google is using BT as a test." Because if they can do well with a poor provider perhaps they figure they could partner with Gig providers and do even better. IDK. Just seems like 67Mbps barely gives customers any wiggle room for peak periods and other factors that could drop speeds lower than the recommended 35Mbps.
 

toooooot

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Whenever me and my friends go to challen or the mountains, the internet offered at the rented houses would barely exceed 5mbps. If I cant take the service with me to the places I go, what good is it when I can easily run the games from my mighty PC just 2 meters away?
 

Ravey

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This still isn't available in my area... Apparently it's too expensive to start digging up roads to give myself and my neighbours superfast broadband lol