Google isn’t the first company to pursue game streaming, and it won’t be the last either.
Google believes it’s building a virtual stadium, aptly dubbed Stadia, for the future of games to be played anywhere. You won’t need an expensive gaming PC or a dedicated game console.
Instead, you’ll just need access to Google’s Chrome browser to instantly play games on a phone, tablet, PC, or TV.
That’s a tall order and few other companies have achieved anything close to that sort of seamless experience. If any company can deliver the perfect streaming experience, though, it’s Google.
The new Stadia service is built for gamers of all backgrounds. The cloud-based service works seamlessly with Chromecast Ultra, the Chrome Browser, desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones, starting with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a devices.
There are three different pricing options, and essentially anyone with the right hardware will be able to purchase premium titles a la carte as they become available later on this year.
Regardless of which option that you choose, it should be noted that games will still need to be bought and paid
Allows for up to 4K/60 fps HDR with 5.1 surround sound (provided
it’s more aimed towards gamers who wish to be able to access a back catalog of older gamers that will be playable at 4K at 60 fps with 5.1 surrounds sound support, although, at the moment, it seems that only Destiny 2 has been confirmed, but we imagine that over time, more will be added to the list.
To kickstart subscriptions, Google is also offering a bundle which looks like a pretty good deal.
$129.99 (available for pre-order now), Only way to play at launch
- Limited-edition Night Blue controller
- Chromecast Ultra
- Three-month Stadia Pro subscription
- First dibs on Stadia Name
- One 3-month Buddy Pass to give Stadia Pro to a friend
Google Stadia Internet Speed Requirements
The vast majority of people in the United States likely have an internet connection this fast, but if for some reason you do not, you will
Google provided a chart that shows the range of resolutions and internet speeds Stadia will support, which can be seen below.
The general required internet speeds for Google Stadia are as follows:
- 10Mbps – 720p, 60 fps, Stereo
- 20Mbps – 1080p, 60 fps, 5.1 Surround Sound
- 35Mbps – 4K, 60 fps, 5.1 Surround Sound
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- Doom Eternal
- Doom (2016)
- Rage 2
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Destiny 2
- Get Packed
- Metro Exodus
- Farming Simulator 19
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- Football Manager
- Samurai Shodown
- Final Fantasy XV
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- NBA 2K, Borderlands 3
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Darksiders Genesis
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Just Dance
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
- Trials Rising
- The Crew 2