The Buddy Pass Feature Is Now Active For Those Who Purchased The Founder’s Edition Of Google Stadia

The Buddy Pass Feature Is Now Active For Those Who Purchased The Founder’s Edition Of Google Stadia
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Google Stadia has now been out for more than a week. So far, the reception seems pretty mixed on this streaming technology. On one hand, it’s nice not having to pay hundreds of dollars on a new system. Games can be streamed instantly; it’s a more user-friendly way of gaming.

On the flip side of the coin, many users haven’t had the best streaming performance. Lag has been a real issue. A lot of users also have commented about using the Stadia controller with their phone. The controller has to be connected to the phone, which isn’t the best way to game on the go.

Furthermore, several major features have been absent in the Founder’s Edition. So despite paying hard-earned cash for the Stadia’s service, controller, and software, users haven’t got what was promised.

Google has acknowledged these shortcomings and has since enabled Founder’s Edition subscribers the ability to use the Buddy Pass system. This system gives you the chance to gift a friend three months of service to Stadia Pro. After this free trial has ended, the recipient can choose to extended their subscription or cancel.

It’s a pretty unique model that should give interested onlookers the chance to take the Stadia out for a test-drive for an extended period of time. Google made this Buddy Pass announcement on Stadia’s official Twitter page.

If you’re interested in experiencing some of the more positive aspects of Google Stadia, waiting for a friend invite seems like a smart move. You won’t have to shell out any money and still can experience the Stadia software for yourself.

There are a lot of great games currently on the platform, including many of the new Tomb Raider titles, Mortal Kombat 11, and Borderlands 3. The only downside is you don’t have access to these games for a low monthly price like you do with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass. Instead, you have to pay for these games individually.

That seems like a major problem that Stadia might have to address at a later date. Yes, the Buddy Pass system is up and running — but it may take more for gamers to really get behind this new technology.

If Stadia is to succeed long-term, then Google may need to change how users pay for games. They’ll also need to work out lag issues that many users have experienced since launch. It’s still pretty early so Google deserves time to make improvements where they’re necessary. Then, the community will have a better idea of what the future holds for this platform.