Google is well known for its desire to bolster the creative usage of ChromeOS, and has spent a long time adding and curating different perks to encourage artists, musicians, and the like to go out and pick up a Chromebook as their next computer.
In fact, the list of apps and services is getting so long that I’m not even going to bother reciting them as I normally do. Instead, you can head over to the Perks page from your Chromebook browser and check them out for yourself. However, there is one that I want to draw attention to today, and that’s because it’s been newly added.
If you own a “Plus or Premium Chromebook“, you can pick up a free three months of Stadia Pro, Google’s cloud gaming platform that comes pre-loaded with over 50 games as a part of your subscription (Thanks Jack Deslippe on Twitter!). It normally costs $9.99 USD, but with this perk, you would be free from payment for 90 days!
What exactly does it mean to be a “Plus or Premium Chromebook” owner though? In the perk claim details, Google links to the appropriate page on the Chromebook website where you can browse through devices meant to offer the best performance, more storage, and better multitasking capabilities. Obviously, this means that they’ll likely cost much more than the lower-end units, so this deal does come with a few strings attached as the company seeks to point users toward upgrading or buying a higher-end device.
However, if you already own a Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, an ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5, a Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5, an Acer Chromebook Spin 513, or any of the like, you can immediately add this new Stadia Pro perk to your pocket and start playing. Well, actually, just one more string attached – you have to have never claimed a Stadia Pro trial or signed up prior, so this combination of being required to be a new user plus having a more expensive device means that this perk is not going to be for everyone.
This marks one of the first times that Google has placed a higher bar of entry on a Perk, and though it may anger some, others will be delighted to play all of the awesome, new Stadia games that have recently dropped on the platform. Let me know in the comments if you still haven’t tried cloud gaming, and in particular, Google Stadia. Also, let me know below if you own a Plus or Premium Chromebook or if you’re rocking something a bit less powerful.