The future, of course, is always uncertain and difficult to predict. However, a lot of gamers peg Google Stadia as the next big thing in gaming, poised to introduce changes so seismic the video game industry might never be the same afterward.
Stadia is Google's just-unveiled cloud gaming platform. It's a Netflix-style streaming service that, instead of letting users stream movies and TV shows, streams full-fledged video games — as in Doom Eternal streamed over the cloud to a smartphone or PC, no sophisticated hardware needed.
Since hardware is not a huge part of Stadia, the service will instead depend on a good internet connection, and now Google has revealed how fast one's network should be to stream Stadia games without any hiccup.
Google Stadia Speed Requirement
In an interview with Kotaku, Stadia chief Phil Harrison said that in order to stream games at 1080p and 60 frames per second, it's recommended to have at least a 25 Mbps internet connection. Stadia apparently uses less than this but this is still Google's recommended minimum.
Stadia will also push past 1080p all the way to 4K gaming at the same framerate. But for this, a user must have an internet connection that's at least 30 Mbps fast. Anything slower than that might result in resolution dips, lagging, or performance hiccups. Stadia will only offer a resolution appropriate to the user's connection, basically.
Google Stadia: Where Can You Play
In addition to desktops, laptops, and smartphones, Stadia will also be playable though TVs via a Chromecast Ultra dongle. Moreover, players will also be able to stream games using just the Google Chrome browser in mere seconds, and it will also be possible to stream titles on Pixel smartphones, as well.
Google plans to launch Stadia in the coming months. Several unknowns about the service remain, including what games will be available at launch and what smartphones will be supported. Google says it will reveal more information on pricing this summer. Make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more.