Those looking for further distractions to keep from going buggy while sheltering in place can now try the new subscription-free access version of Google’s Stadia online gaming service that hopefully isn’t buggy itself.

The gaming arm of the software conglomerate revealed through a blog last week that it has launched the promised free version of Stadia and as an added bonus is offering new and existing users two months of the Stadia Pro version of the service at no cost.

Google launched its streaming service Stadia in November 2019, unfortunately with some performance hiccups. After some work and revisions, Google has now launched the promised free access version to Stadia that enables users the chance to purchase and play premium games on a per-title basis. Subscribers to the continuing $9.99-per-month Stadia Pro version of the service and newbies trying out Stadia for the first time will get two free months of the premium service as part of the free Stadia launch offer.

The subscription version gives users access to a number of popular game titles including Destiny 2, Grid and Thumper that are available 24/7 under the plan. Premium titles available through both the free and subscription options like Doom Eternal and Red Dead Redemption II are offered for purchase.

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Google said it is presenting Stadia gaming as “a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home, so we’re giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia Pro for two months.”

To access Stadia, users will need a Chromecast Ultra, mobile Android of iOS device, or Chrome web browser on a PC. Chromecast Ultra users will need the Stadia game controller and other devices will work with certain console game controllers or a PC mouse/keyboard, depending on the application.

Stadia is reportedly being updated to soon support certain Android TVs and Android TV media streamers like the Nvidia Shield as well, but that capability won’t be available until later in the year.

To get started with Stadia user will need to do the following:

  1. Go to to sign up
  2. Download the Stadia app on Android or iOS
  3. Play on your laptop, desktop or Chrome OS tablet with your favorite (HID compliant) USB supported controller or mouse and keyboard

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By Greg Tarr

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