Google Stadia is the new gaming platform made available by Google. This service is revolutionary in the field of PC games, because it is the first service accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. That’s right, a service where your material doesn’t matter! There is no longer a need to ask yourself to spend a few thousand dollars on your hardware. You can access it from your laptop, desktop, cell phone, or tablet – basically anything that has internet access. This service is very new, so knowing how to get started with Google Stadia can get you up and running in no time!
First, go to the home page of Google Stadia. You are immediately prompted to sign in with your Google account or create a new one.
2. Check your accessories
On the next page, confirm if you have a Pro Pass or a Stadia Controller plan. These can be added later, so for demonstration purposes, you’ll skip them for now.
3. Accept the conditions
The next page is titled “General Conditions”. After reading it, check the box “Yes, I accept the stadium conditions of use” and press Next to continue.
4. Choose your profile picture
This is where you can select an icon for your Stadia profile. It doesn’t replace your Google profile photo, so just choose an icon that captures the essence of your gamer soul.
5. Choose your screen name
This will follow you throughout your career in Google Stadia, so choose carefully.
6. Select your privacy settings
These settings control your privacy. They are very important, which is why we are going to go through the options.
- Who can send you friend requests. This feature controls who can send you a friend request. You can set it to Private, Friends and their friends, or All players. It is recommended to leave this on “All players”, otherwise no one will be able to send you a friend request to start.
- Who can find your stadium name with your email address. This is to control who can find your Stadia account if they are using the email address you provided when signing in. It is also recommended that you choose the “All Players” option, as you will likely only share your Stadia email address with your friends.
- Who can send you voice messages and party invitations. This controls who may attempt to contact you to chat on the platform. The “Friends and their friends” option is the least annoying, as it allows the players you are trying to play with to send you invitations. Any other option could justify unwanted invitations and inconvenience.
- Who can send you gaming invitations. This feature controls who is allowed to invite you to play in games that you both have in your library. It doesn’t stop you from finding players in the game and just stops people from sending you invites in the Stadia platform. We think “Friends & their friends” is the best choice.
- Who can see your friends list. This allows you to control who has the ability to see who your friends are. It is strongly recommended that you only be “Friends” unless you want your friends to not see any of your other friends. Personally, I set this setting to “Friends”, so that my friends can possibly see my friends they would like to play with, while protecting their information from prying eyes.
- Game activity. This feature allows you to control who is able to see what games you are playing and know your results. It also controls all of the related functions: Achievements, time played per game and player statistics.
- Online status. It allows you to control who sees if you are online. For confidentiality reasons, I have only allowed “Friends” to view this. I wouldn’t want anyone else to know if I’m online.
- Current game. This feature controls who sees the game you are currently playing. I allowed “Friends & their friends” to see it because I don’t mind if my friends’ friends see the games I spend too many hours on.
7. Updates by email
Select “Subscribe to Email Updates” if you want Google to notify you about promotions for its Stadia products.
8. Pro Pass trial offer
If you haven’t chosen a Pro Pass, here you have the option to create one with a free trial! It gives you 30 days of free play, then $ 9.99 / month. There are a number of lower tier games that you can play for free, with the rest being purchased separately. This service is comparable to console gaming services for online games, except you don’t need to buy a new console.
9. Selecting a controller to use
If you have the Google Stadia controller, you can select the controller icon in the upper right corner, and it will present a unique code to type on your controller to pair. Alternatively, you can pair a third-party controller via Bluetooth or plug it in and play it via USB. Once you’re signed in, Stadia will automatically detect the controller and use it for your gaming needs.
10. Adding your friends
Right next to the controller icon is a people icon with a plus sign. You can add people by their username or Google email address, depending on their privacy settings.
11. Claim your first game!
There is a good selection of free games out there, so there’s plenty to choose from if you’re on a budget. If you signed up for the free trial, there’s a $ 10 coupon off your first purchase. Make sure it’s worth it!
Now you are all familiar with Google Stadia! You are ready to play with the best of the best. The possibilities of the Google Stadia platform are very interesting, especially for those who have a laptop or a tablet and do not have the extra money to spend on a console or a new desktop.