Google Stadia is the 4K gaming platform that’s on everybody’s awaited in 2019. It’s Google’s first major step into the world of video games and rather than coming to market with another gaming console or like a PC competitor, Stadia’s a new platform that allows gamers to play their favorite games and stream the game online with 4k resolution on all of your devices using powerful streaming technology. We think this will beat other competitors like the PS5, Xbox One, Nintendo and Steam
What is Google Stadia?
Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service operated from Google which requires no physical, dedicated games console. Instead, it is an online gaming service and it is capable of streams video games up to 4k 60fps to the user onto the screen of a device that they already own. This could be a TV with Chrome cast ultra a mobile, a tablet or a laptop. This means Google Stadia can stay avoid from the obstacle of the enormous starting cost on equipment for new customers and, as such, could possibly open itself up to a far bigger group of spectators.
The benefit for gamers is that they can get connected to all the games they want without having to wait for massive gaming PC’s and massive downloads. So provided Google Stadia can get enough gaming titles onto its platform, there should be plenty of interest from gamers.
The downside is that even though gamers will have paid for access to many of these titles, this will depend on the type of games that you want. they will never actually own them – much like with music and streaming services such as Spotify and Tidal.
Google Stadia: 4K gaming
Google stadia have launched 4k gaming at. That’s quite a big promise given the variety of devices that will be used to access it and the reliance on the internet to match that streaming rate and resolution.
In the best of worlds, that’s going to make some seriously impressive gameplay. In the worst, the whole platform could become hamstrung by a fragmented ecosystem and the chaos of lag.
While the frame rate will be consistent no matter what, those top resolutions will only be available to those with the best internet connections. A 10Mbps service will get you 720p and stereo sound. At 20Mbps you can receive Full HD with HDR and 5.1 surround and at around 30-40Mbps and beyond is where the 4K magic happens. You can test out what you’d receive on the Google Stadia website.
The Google Stadia Controller
joypads, keyboards, mice work well with Stadia but the best solution will be the official google stadia controller.
It’s very much like a regular console controller with bumpers, analog sticks and the like. But, there’s a built-in mic for Google Assistant voice control functionality, too. You will also find a dedicated Google Stadia button that can share a live stream of your gaming experience straight to YouTube.
Once live on YouTube, your viewers will be able to drop into your game at the touch of their button too in a feature known as Crowd Play. Likewise, you’ll also be able to start playing a game straight after watching a trailer on YouTube, a potentially very clever use of Google’s two platforms.
What about the Google Stadia price?
It’s free to access Google Stadia but, typically, you won’t get all the goodies if you just go for the basic package. Stadia Base gives you up to Full HD gaming, at 60fps and in stereo sound. You’ll be able to buy those premium gaming titles whenever you like but there’ll be no discounts or freebies. If you don’t mind missing out on 4K, though, it doesn’t look like a bad option for the very casual gamer.
If you want 4K, then you need Stadia Pro, which comes in at £8.99/$9.99 per month. With Stadia Pro, you get the 4K resolution and 5.1 surround sound. There will also be free games each month (the first of which is Destiny 2: The Collection). Don’t expect your package to include every game you want to access but you should be entitled to a discount when you need to purchase any extra.
As well as one-off titles, there will also be separate subscriptions for all the games from particular publishers.
What are Google Stadia’s specs?
With Stadia, you can stream up to 4K, 60fps, with 5.1 surround sound, at a minimum internet connection of 35Mbps. On Google’s end, it’s using the following hardware specifications:
• Custom x86 processor clocked at 2.7GHz w/ AVX2 SIMD and 9.5MB of L2+L3 cache
• Custom AMD GPU w/ HBM2 memory, 56 compute units, and 10.7TFLOPs
• 16GB of RAM (shared between CPU and GPU), up to 484GB/s of bandwidth
• SSD cloud storage