Borderlands 3 launches on Google Stadia

Borderlands 3

2K Games and Gearbox announced today that Borderlands 3 is out now on Google Stadia to users in all 14 countries where the service is available.

The game is now in Stadia’s digital storefront. As with all games on Stadia, players can start playing immediately upon purchase – no download necessary.

The Stadia version can be played in 4K with the proper TV setup and Internet connection using the Stadia Controller and Google Chromecast Ultra. The game can also be enjoyed on laptops and desktops, as well as select tablets and phones connected to Wi-Fi.

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At launch, the Stadia version of the game has all updates and fixes released through October 24. Noteworthy features coming to the Stadia version in early 2020 include endgame content like the Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite and Mayhem 4 difficulty, dedicated loot pools for bosses, and additional bank space. The first campaign add-on, Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot, is also expected to launch on Stadia in early 2020.

Google Stadia officially launched on November 19 with an initial lineup of 22 games, most of which were previously released on other platforms. The lineup included games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: The Collection, Final Fantasy XV, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

We’re still not really sold on the concept. Google recommends a minimum internet speed of 10 MBPS to run games in 720p at 60 frames per second. You’ll need a healthy internet connection of 35 MBPS to run games at 4K resolution, which will eat up your data cap.

For me at least, the proposition of being an early adopter is not all that appealing. The Founder’s Edition is $130 upfront for three months of the Stadia Pro gaming service, a Chromecast Ultra, and the Stadia Controller. After your three months are up, Stadia Pro is $9.99 a month – and you still have to buy most games individually. Borderlands 3, for instance, is $39.99.

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