Tried this tonight. It’s pretty damn impressive.
The image is very clear. Controls are super responsive, very little input lag. It’s free.
There are a few issues I had with connection and the controls getting out of hand, but I’m going to chalk that up to my own internet connection rather than Stadia’s servers. I experienced some screen tearing twice in my 1.5-hour test, and numerous times where the controls would get stuck moving in one direction, every 3 minutes or so.
Fun facts about the Free version:
After completing all the Prologue stuff, the Legacy cinematic doesn’t play, the Hitman 3 Launch trailer does instead. (The “Call me 47” cutscene gets cut off before the Legacy cinematic is shown, but you can still watch it by replaying the cutscene.)
Dartmoor Garden Show is free!! Also, the Sebastian Principle is also free, but you’ve got to find it yourself in the menu. (The rotation of “new escalations” tile is replaced by a big “Upgrade to Full Game” option on the main page.
And uhhhhh Mills Reverie appears in the menu? Is this a Stadia bug or a Free version bug? Holiday Hoarders and Hokkaido Snow Festival are still unaccounted for.
Location rotation shows off what the current location is available, and the period of time it is available.
EDIT: Also, pro tip: If you try to make a Stadia account through the Hitman 3 Starter page, it’ll force you to use the Stadia Pro trial to create your account.
BUT, if you go to the Destiny 2 page instead, you can add that to your account, it’ll activate Stadia and you can then go play Hitman 3 Free, without being forced to use up their free trial.