Stadia is foremost a service, and as such should not rely on actual hardware. The fact is that to access the service in these first months of Stadia’s life, it is necessarily necessary to have purchased a Founder’s or a Premiere Edition.
In our case, we got our hands on a Founder’s Edition, including the controller in the exclusive midnight blue color, a Chromecast Ultra, two power supplies (one for Chromecast, one for the controller), two cables and all the manuals of the gaming systems and accessories. Included there are also 3 months of Stadia Pro subscription and a Buddy Pass with as many months of subscription for a friend.
The game is playable and fun, the audio was perfect, the graphics at FullHD 1920×1080 pixel with 60 FPS was stunning and the lag was coming but not too much. For a super affordable PC with a medium-low Internet connection, it was a really not bad experience. Also, under Linux, Stadia recognized the PlayStation DualShock 4 controller out of the box!Also, you can read the article ‘Google Stadia. A wonderful gaming experience on Linux’ at https://cialu.net/google-stadia-a-wonderful-gaming-experience-on-linux/.
Look for the envelope in your Stadia app to find your Buddy Pass: when an envelope icon appears in your Stadia app, your Buddy Pass is ready to send.
A buddy gets a 3-month trial of Stadia Pro subscription with games to play for as long as they’re subscribed, so go and play together.
Buddies can claim Stadia Pro games to play for as long as they’re subscribed, or buy games to play whenever. They can play on stadia.com or the Stadia app on supported devices using many supported controllers, but they’ll need a Stadia Controller and Google Chromecast Ultra to play on TV.