Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service developed and operated by Google. It is capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Users can access it through the Google Chrome web browser on personal computers, Pixel Smartphones, supported smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, Razer, and Asus, as well as Chrome OS tablets and Chromecast for TV support.
It is compatible with HID class USB controllers, though a proprietary controller manufactured by Google with a direct Wi-Fi link to data centers is available alongside the service.
Players can start games without downloading any new content on their device and they can opt to record or stream their sessions onto YouTube through Stadia. Stadia is integrated with YouTube. Its “state share” feature will allow viewers of a Stadia stream to launch a game on the service on the same save state as the streamer. Stream Connect allows the players, playing the same game with friends to have picture-in-picture inserts on their display of their friend’s point-of-view in the game. The streaming technology allows for a larger number of concurrent players on a game server
Google Stadia is available at different price points, and the Premiere Edition has just dropped in price. Originally available for $129 / £119, the Premiere Edition is now just $99 / £ 89.99. Separate Stadia controllers are available in Just Black, Clearly White, and Wasabi colorways at £59 ($69) each. For the best experience, 4K HDR at 60fps and with 5.1 sound – you really need a recommended speed of 35Mbps. However, games will still run from a recommended, absolute minimum speed of 10Mbps. You will likely be restricted to 720p and stereo, but should still get 60fps.
The base service is free and requires users to purchase games, as there are no monthly fees you have to purchase the games for full price
Google offers a Stadia Pro subscription for $10 per month, which you’ll need if you want to stream games in 4K resolution with 5.1 surround sound. A Stadia Pro subscription will also get you a complimentary game every now and then as well discounts on all of the games in the Stadia library.
Known in development as Project Stream, the service was debuted through a closed beta running Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in October 2018. Stadia was publicly released on November 19, 2019, in selected countries and received a mixed reception from reviewers. The service competed with Sony‘s PlayStation Now service, Nvidia‘s GeForce Now, and Microsoft‘s Project xCloud. Now Stadia standouts from these platforms as its servers are placed in a vast number of locations around the globe. That shortens the distance between the player and a server to stream from. Google makes a bold claim that, sometime in the future, Stadia will be capable of streaming in up to 8K and at 120fps.
Google Stadia phone support
Initially, the phones able to run Google Stadia were incredibly limited – only Google Pixels and Mac tablets. Recently, that’s changed, with a bunch of phones joining the party. Check out the full list of phones Google Stadia supports below.
Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note9, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Razer Phone, Razer Phone 2, ASUS ROG Phone, ASUS ROG Phone II, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel XL, Pixel, and Pixel C