21 May 2020
Asus' gaming arm Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced a partnership with Google under which all future ROG gaming phones will come pre-installed with Google Stadia application. The deal will run until 2021 and the first phone will be the next-gen flagship that will likely be called ROG Phone 3.
One important aspect of the deal is that the pre-installed Stadia app will be available only in select countries. These are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. This is understandable as Stadia game streaming service is currently limited to certain regions but the worldwide rollout is surely planned for the future.
It is worth noting that the deal only covers the app installation aspect. It does not include any benefits related to Stadia subscription and game purchases. All buyers will have to take care of those things on their own i.e. they will have to spend money. The only benefit of the deal is that users will not have to download and install the app manually.
As for ROG Phone and ROG Phone 2 users, Stadia is now available for them as well. Google made the announcement earlier this week where it added 19 new smartphones to the list of supported devices. It has exactly been three months since Stadia became available for users. It received a lot of negative responses in the early days but with time, the team has improved the platform while also expanding the number of supported games and mobile devices.