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Stadia a victim of its own success

October 23, 2019.

Stadia Controller.

Stadia Controller. © Google.

Though it’s still a month away from launch date (November 19), Google’s new gaming service is already over-successful: the company has announced that it will not be able to honor all preorders. To be one of the lucky first users of the service, you had to purchase the USD130 Founder’s Edition pack, which includes a Stadia controller, a Chromecast Ultra and a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro. But Google has now said that only the first gamers who preordered this bundle will receive their pack on time for launch. If you’re not one of the lucky few, you’ll have to wait. Gamers can still order a similar pack called Premiere, but there are no guarantees as to when they’ll actually receive them, since they’ll ship after all the Founders.

Ars Technica, Kyle Orland, “Google can’t fulfill all Stadia preorders for Nov. 19 launch.”