You Can Now Check Out Stadia for Free, No Strings Attached

The Stadia logo on a series of games.Google

The Google Stadia the concept seems solid. Instead of spending several hundred (or thousands) of dollars on a high-end PC, stream games to your low-budget machine, if you have a fast enough internet connection. Trials required a credit card, then you had to remember to cancel. Now Google will allow you to ignore payment information. But you only have half an hour to play.

Usually Google lets you try Stadia Pro for a month. That’s more than enough to try out the service, see what games are available, and decide if the paid tier is worth your time. And you have a lot more time than you need to answer the most critical question: Can your internet keep up with Stadia?

But you had to provide your credit card details. Of course, this leaves you with the option of forgetting to cancel and pay for a service you don’t have (or can’t use). Now, as spotted by 9to5Google, there is a better option.

If everyone wants to know if your internet connection is up to date (literally), you can now sign up for a trial account without passing on your financial details. Towards the end of trial registration, you will see an option to try the service for 30 minutes.

That’s enough time to access the service, claim a free game (Stadia Pro gives out free games every month) and start playing. If your internet can’t handle game streaming, you can let the trial period expire without losing the love. If you decide to continue, hand over your credit card details.

It may not sound like much, but in terms of answering the most crucial question, “can my internet do this?” removing the additional barriers is a good thing. If you’ve been hesitant to try Stadia Pro, now You have nothing to lose.

via 9to5Google

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