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Google will talk games at next Stadia Connect event

The Aug. 19 event takes place just before the official start of Gamescom.

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Stadia plans to show off some new games later this month.

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Stadia, Google's cloud gaming platform, will launch in November but there are still some questions about the service. A new Stadia Connect event later this month will provide some answers, including a look at new games. 

Google will host Stadia Connect on Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT to talk about new games, according to the YouTube description for the livestream. The event takes place the day before the start of Gamescom, Europe's video game expo in Cologne, Germany, which runs Aug. 20-24. 

Stadia will have two tiers. Stadia Pro costs $9.99 a month with 4K/60p HDR quality and 5.1 surround sound, and it'll offer some free games. Stadia Base, releasing in 2020, is free, will only offer 1080/60p streaming, and customers will have to purchase games to make use of the service. 

Although Stadia is cloud-based, those interested will still need certain hardware to make use of it. A Chromecast Ultra is required to use the service on a TV along with a Stadia controller. Andrey Doronichev, director of product for Stadia, said in a Reddit AMA that there are plans to support more Bluetooth controllers in the future. Google Pixel 3 phones will also be able to use the service when it launches, with more Android phones having access later. 

The games already announced for Stadia include Doom Eternal, Borderlands 3, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint