Google Stadia has a release date of Nov. 19, but you may not be able to play it right away. Even if you ordered a Founder’s Edition, Google says the systems will be shipped on a first-come first-serve basis.
This means if you ordered yours closer to its sell-out date, you may have to wait as long as December to start streaming.
The Verge reports that while Stadia officially launches at 12 p.m. EST on Nov. 19, the company says that not every one who ordered one will receive theirs. The news was sparked by the announcement that Founder’s Editions had sold out, and Google shifted to instead selling a new “Premiere Edition.”
The question then became if the Premiere Edition would launch at the same time as the Founders Editions’ expected Nov. 19 release date. While the answer is no for the Premiere Edition, the answer seems to also be no for people who purchased the Founders Edition as well. They are instead set to “start arriving” on November 19, so you’ll only get to jump in immediately if you were one of the first to pre-order.
That said, the wait won’t be too long. Google expects both Founder’s and Premiere units to be delivered within two weeks from launch, so the latest yours should arrive would be early December.
There isn’t much difference between each edition. They cost the same $130 price tag, but the Founder’s Edition comes with an exclusive blue controller in comparison to the Premiere’s white controller. Premiere also doesn’t include the Founder’s badge or the gift Buddy Pass for a friend. Plus by jumping in later you won’t necessarily get to grab your unique Stadia username, which Google has promoted as a perk for early adopters.
This news is another surprising revelation surrounding the Stadia as the release date gets closer. Google recently revealed that at launch the Stadia controller will only work wirelessly with the Chromecast Ultra, rather than original claims of wireless streaming to any and all devices. A Chromecast comes with the Founder’s and Premiere Editions, but that also means you can’t just swap to a phone or tablet with ease. Not just yet at least.