Google is opening up its Stadia cloud gaming service to more users this month with a new promotion for Chromecast Ultra owners.
Stadia Pro is already available in 14 countries across the globe right now and is slowly opening up to new customers. Currently, there are two ways to access Stadia: through a buddy pass given to you by an existing subscriber, or if you pay for the $129 Premiere edition. The only variety of Stadia currently available is Pro, which streams at 4K; a standard version (which will be free) hasn’t been announced yet.
Now, Chromecast Ultra owners are getting a chance to try Stadia Pro through a new promotion that offers them a free three-month subscription to the gaming service. If you live in one of the 14 countries that the service is available and haven’t received an email with the offer, you will probably need to opt-in to receive promotional emails.
If you still haven’t received an email, it’s also entirely possible, however, that the promotion is only available in certain markets; Google hasn’t clarified this.
The move is seen as an attempt to get more users on Stadia, albeit in a very controlled way. In December, Google started giving current users extra buddy passes to invite their friends to the platform.
Now, Stadia is being made available to owners of one of the pieces of hardware available to users who purchase the Premiere edition. That bundle comes with a three-month pass as well as a Stadia controller and a Chromecast Ultra.
It seems like an entirely logical thing to do.
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