Google gaming service Stadia goes free during coronavirus
Google is making its Stadia online video game service free-to-play for people currently self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.
Launched last year, Stadia lets anyone play console-quality games via their smartphone or web browser.
"Keeping social distance is vital, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating," said Stadia vice president Phil Harrison.
"Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you're stuck at home."
Google is now offering free access to Stadia for two months. The service will also be rolled out to yet more countries by the end of this week.
New subscribers will be able to play nine games, including the Destiny collection. The service also offers many more games, although they must be purchased seperately.
"With increased demand due to more people at home during this time, we're taking a responsible approach to internet traffic," Harrison said.
Google has said that it is making adjustments to its platform, based on the increased data load online.
"The vast majority of people on a desktop or laptop won't notice a significant drop in gameplay quality," Harrison said.
Google is hoping its streaming service will turn the gaming industry on its head, where traditionally firms like Sony and Microsoft make money selling consoles. Stadia allows users to bypass the need for a console, and play via web browser.
That said, Google still sells Stadia accessories - including a controller and Chromecast Ultra Wireless connection device that plugs in to TVs.
You can also play games via Google Chrome and Pixel smartphones.
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