Google Stadia has set a release date of November 19, but you may not be able to reproduce it immediately, even if you order an Founder's Edition. Google says the units will be sent in order of arrival, so if you order yours closer to your sale date, you may have to wait until December to begin transmitting.
The Verge reports that while Stadia officially launches at 9 AM PT on November 19, the company says that not everyone who ordered one will have received theirs. The news was triggered by the announcement that the Founder's Editions were sold out, and Google changed to selling a new "Premiere Edition".
This led to questioning whether the Premiere editions also arrived in time for the November 19 release. The answer is no, they will not, since Premiere editions will not be sent on that date, but Google combined it with the clarification that the Founder's editions will not necessarily have been sent either. Instead, they are set to "start arriving" on November 19, so you can only jump immediately if you were one of the first to place an advance order.
That said, expect not to be too long. Google expects the Founder and Premiere units to be delivered within two weeks after launch, so the last of them should arrive in early December.
That is a wrapper! The Stadia Founder edition has been completely sold out. We look forward to welcoming all of our Founders to play Stadia on November 19. Stadia Premiere Edition is now available for pre-order at all launch passes. Get yours today> https://t.co/FvgaT3vE15 pic.twitter.com/7Zo952wVDv
– Stadia (@GoogleStadia) October 22, 2019
The Premiere edition is mostly similar to the Founder's edition. It costs the same price, $ 130, but it comes with a white controller instead of the Founder's exclusive blue, and doesn't include the Founder's Badge in your account or Buddy Pass gift for a friend. Also, by jumping later, you will not necessarily get your unique Stadia username, which Google has promoted as a benefit for early users. See our guide to advance orders for more details.
This is Stadia's second surprising news recently, after Google revealed that at launch, the Stadia controller will only work wirelessly with Chromecast Ultra. A Chromecast comes with the Founder's and Premiere editions, but that also means you can't switch to a phone or tablet with ease.