On the day the Xbox Series X/S consoles finally went on sale, Google wants to make sure you don’t sleep on the somewhat forgotten Google Stadia platform.
It is offering subscribers to YouTube Premium a free Google Stadia Premiere Edition bundle – which includes a Stadia Controller and a Chromecast Ultra dongle. The deal is available to active YouTube Premium subscribers in the US and the UK and brings goodies worth £90 ($100 in the US).
It also appears to be a no-strings-type situation with the only catch being the need to sign up for a month of Stadia Pro, but there’s a one-month free trial available to those users anyway.
Google writes: “You’re one of our most valued YouTube Premium members, and we want to say thanks. So congrats on your new Stadia Premiere Edition with a value of £89.99 – it’s yours for free. It includes a Google Chromecast Ultra for streaming Stadia games to your TV and a Stadia controller for controlling the action wireless.”
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You can cancel the Stadia subscription whenever you want and there’s no qualms about keeping the free gear. Even if you decide not to opt for a Stadia Pro subscription, you can still pick up the games of your choosing when the mood hits.
As tempting as the deal is, this is probably a sign that things aren’t going too well for the cloud-based gaming platform. Google will be hoping getting the hardware into more people’s hands will help to boost adoption.
YouTube Premium is £11.99 a month and offers ad-free viewing and the ability to download videos for offline playback. It’s not clear whether signing up for YouTube Premium right now nets you access to the deal.