Google now lets you test Stadia Pro for 30 minutes, no payment information required. That’s not a lot of time, but it’s great to be able to see if you like the streaming service without needing to worry about cancelling a free trial that will otherwise automatically convert into a paid subscription. But with such a limited time to check out the service, what should you play?
Before we get to that, know that Google Stadia’s “tiny trial” is different from the free-to-play versions of Destiny 2 and Super Bomberman Online R it offers, as well as the typical 30-day trial for Stadia Pro. Both of those require an active Stadia account and your credit card info — even if you don’t plan on buying anything — which could make some people uneasy if they just want to see if Stadia will work decently on their devices or home network.
The new 30-minute Stadia preview, on the other hand, is like a free trial of the free trial. Here’s how to enroll:
- Go to stadia.google.com
- Create a new Stadia account or sign in with an existing Google account that hasn’t used Stadia yet (Note: you can cancel creating the account after the trial is over).
- Follow the steps, then click “Start Trial” when prompted to skip entering your payment information for now and play for 30 minutes.
Once you start the trial, you’re free to play any game in the Stadia Pro library or its free-to-play titles for half an hour. There are numerous games available, including several big-name action games and RPGs with engrossing stories, but you should try a title that will get you into the gameplay quickly. That way, you can spend your 30 free minutes actually playing a game instead of watching cutscenes. Here are some of my suggestions:
- Risk of Rain 2
- Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds
- Panzer Dragoon
- Super Hot
- Into the Breach
Note: All Stadia games are playable on PC, Android, and Chromecast, and iOS via web app. Stadia supports Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Stadia controllers.
After your 30 minutes are up, you’re taken back to the account creation screen where you can either finish creating your Stadia account or cancel your sign-up.
If you want to keep playing, you can choose between a free account or a 30-day trial of Stadia Pro. Pro members get a monthly selection of free games for $US10 ($13) a month and a $US10 ($13) Stadia store voucher when they sign up. Free Stadia accounts can buy games from Stadia’s store and play the occasional freebies Google offers.