Google Stadia Founder's Edition Unboxing: Controller, Chromecast, And More | What's In The Box?Google Stadia's official launch is only a few days away, and we've been busy behind the scenes putting the service, and Google's

Google Stadia Founder's Edition Unboxing: Controller, Chromecast, And More

Google Stadia Founder's Edition Unboxing: Controller, Chromecast, And More

Google Stadia Founder's Edition Unboxing: Controller, Chromecast, And More

Google Stadia Founder's Edition Unboxing: Controller, Chromecast, And More

Google Stadia Founder's Edition Unboxing: Controller, Chromecast, And More

Google Stadia Founder's Edition Unboxing: Controller, Chromecast, And More
Google Stadia Founder's Edition Unboxing: Controller, Chromecast, And More
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What's In The Box?


Google Stadia's official launch is only a few days away, and we've been busy behind the scenes putting the service, and Google's Stadia Controller, to the test. While we aren't yet ready to share our impressions of Google's big push into cloud gaming, we can show you what the early-adopter package, AKA the Founder's Edition bundle, will include.

These shipments will start arriving on doorsteps for pre-order customers next week. Google promises that Founder's Edition packages, as long as those for customers who ordered the Premier Edition, will all arrive within two weeks--shipments are rolling out in the order that they were received.

First things first, let's take a look at the box itself.


And What A Box It Is


Stadia Founder's Edition ships in a big ol' box--big enough to include a controller, a Chromecast Ultra, and other goodies.


But Wait, What's That?


Ah, our inquisitiveness pays off! On the underside of the box, Google has imprinted a mission statement of sorts for Stadia as a whole: "One place for all the ways we play." Sounds nice.

Anyways, let's continue unboxin'!


There It Is!


Exclusive to customers who purchased the Founder's Edition of Stadia, this dark-blue controller is the official device of Stadia, and will eventually be the key to utilizing many of the fancy bells and whistles Google first flaunted at GDC 2019. It's equipped with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios, though at launch, Bluetooth is limited to use with the Chromecast Ultra only.


Dig A Little Deeper


Beneath the controller and the cardboard support holding it in place lies a USB-A-to-USB-C cable and a USB power adapter. The cable is useful for both charging the controller and connecting it to your PC for use with Stadia via a Chrome browser tab. (You can also use mouse and keyboard, or PS4 and Xbox controllers wirelessly, when playing in Chrome.)


And Then?


And under that cardboard divider lies the remainder of the contents: the Chromecast Ultra and its associated AC adapter.


Let's Take A Closer Look


Here lies the Chromecast Ultra, the upgraded version of Google's video streaming dongle, and the only means of playing Stadia games in 4K at launch--that resolution won't be available on browser-based Stadia sessions until 2020. You can power it via a Micro USB cable and connect wirelessly to your local Wi-Fi network, but there's a good reason why you might consider using the included power brick instead.


Get Connected


When it comes to streaming games from Google's servers, signal bandwidth is a critical component of the relative quality you can expect. For a lot of us, that means a wired internet connection will be preferred over Wi-Fi. Because the Chromecast is so small, it's not surprising to see the ethernet port end up on the power brick, though it certainly is an unusual solution. If you're going this route, prepare for some potential rewiring around your TV.


Everything Included In The Stadia Founder's Edition Package


Pictured above is every physical item included in the $130 Stadia Founder's Edition, which is long since sold out. Unpictured: the buddy pass invite and a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro (normally $9.99 a month), the service required for 4K gameplay.

As mentioned before, this is just the start of our Google Stadia coverage. Come back next week for lots more, including our impressions of Google's first major push into mainstream gaming.


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Grab A Free PC Game Right Now For A Limited Time

Grab A Free PC Game Right Now For A Limited Time

The Epic Games Store is offering another free game through its store. This time it's The Messenger, the retro throwback that takes inspiration from the early Ninja Gaiden games as well as exploration games like Metroid. It will be available through November 21.

The Messenger is notable for its humorous writing and a time-travel mechanic that plays into the exploration challenges. You're accompanied by a demon companion who cracks wise and revives you after death. The Messenger usually costs $20, but if you add it to your Epic Games library during the free window it will be yours forever. Developer Sabotage Studio also has released the game's first free DLC, Picnic Panic, which will be included with the copy.

"The Messenger takes the best parts of the action-platformers it takes influence from and reinterprets them well," Alexander Pan said in GameSpot's review. "With clever writing, well-designed levels, and balanced difficulty curve, the game continuously hooks you with enticing skill-based challenges and satisfying payoffs. Your character might have an immediate imperative to delivering a world-saving scroll, but the journey there is definitely one to savor."

The next free game on the Epic Games Store will be Bad North. For more ways to save money on your gaming habit, check out our Black Friday coverage below.

Pokemon Sword And Shield: Where To Catch Cool And Rare Pokemon

Pokemon Sword And Shield: Where To Catch Cool And Rare Pokemon

Pokemon Sword and Shield have finally arrived on Switch. While the games may not include every Pokemon in the series, they do feature a good mix of old favorites and new Gen 8 monsters, so you still have plenty of options to choose from when assembling your Pokemon team.

Where To Catch Certain Pokemon

Most monsters in Sword and Shield can be found roaming about the Wild Area, a sprawling open-world expanse that stretches across the Galar region. The Wild Area isn't the only place you can encounter Pokemon, but it is home to the largest variety of them (some of which will actually be too strong for you to catch at first), making it the best place to look for new monsters.

As you explore the Wild Area, the weather will change dynamically, which will influence what Pokemon appear in the wild. You also need to keep in mind that you can only catch Pokemon of a certain level depending on how many badges you've collected, so you can't capture every wild Pokemon you encounter.

Fortunately, this isn't as restrictive as it sounds; you'll still encounter plenty of monsters, including a bunch of old favorites very early on in your journey. Many can be found in various portions of the Wild Area, but your first chance to catch some will actually be in certain routes and other places. If you're just getting started, here are some Pokemon you'll likely want to add to your collection and where you can find them:

PokemonHabitat
EeveeRoute 4 (Outside Turffield)
PikachuRoute 4 (Outside Turffield)
MilceryRoute 4 (Outside Turffield)
SizzlipedeRoute 3
GastlyWatchtower Ruins (Wild Area)
ImpidimpGlimwood Tangle
Galarian PonytaGlimwood Tangle (Shield only)
Galarian Farfetch'dBridge Field (Wild Area) (Sword only)

Rare And Fully Evolved Pokemon

As you progress through the adventure, you'll also encounter rare and even fully evolved Pokemon in the wild. You're guaranteed to run into some in certain parts of the Wild Area, but there may be only one of them at a time, so if you miss your chance to catch it, you'll need to wait a while for it to spawn again--something to keep in mind before you challenge any fully evolved Pokemon you spot.

Fortunately, you can save right before you battle the monster and restart if you inadvertently knock it out (although to ensure a clean reset, you should disable autosaving in the options menu). These Pokemon's habitats also won't be listed in the Pokedex, so we've rounded up some rare Pokemon we've encountered and where they can be found:

PokemonHabitat
MachampGiant's Mirror
TyranitarDusty Bowl (Shield only)
GengarDusty Bowl
GyaradosEast Lake Axewell
LucarioNorth Lake Miloch
VileplumeDappled Grove
LudicoloDappled Grove (Shield only)
GalladeBridge Field
DusknoirStony Wilderness
SnorlaxMotostoke River Bank
ConkeldurrMotostoke River Bank
HaxorusAxew's Eye
PangoroRolling Fields
DittoLake of Outrage
LaprasNorth Lake Miloch, Lake of Outrage
Eevee evolutionsLake of Outrage (depends on weather)
RotomLake of Outrage

Pokemon Sword and Shield are available now on Nintendo Switch. You can read our thoughts on the games in our Pokemon Sword and Shield review. If you're just getting started on your Galar journey, then be sure to check out our other Sword and Shield guides below for more helpful tips.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Guides

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