Google’s Stadia is a cloud gaming platform. With cloud gaming, the game you’re playing is actually rendered on a server in one of Google’s 19 datacenters. This allows the device that you’re gaming on to no longer require powerful hardware.
What devices will you be able to use Stadia on?
Any PC with the Chrome Browser, Chromebooks, Chromecast & Pixel Devices. They also have plans on supporting additional browsers and platforms in the future.
What resolution and frame rate will Stadia support?
The 2018 test with Assassins Creed Odyssey supported 1080P at 60 FPS. That’s respectable and is currently what I consider the golden standard for cloud gaming. However, what if you have a very fast connection speed and have a higher end monitor capable of higher resolutions, faster refresh rates or even both? At launch they plan on supporting 4K at 60 FPS with support for HDR. In addition they’re working on supporting 8K and 120+ FPS in the future.
When will Stadia Launch?
At the time of writing this article, we only have the vague date of 2019. So that narrows our timedown down to sometime roughly in the next 9 months! What we do know is that the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and most of Europe will be the first regions to get Stadia.
How much will is cost?
Currently we don’t have any details on pricing, but in their keynote Google said more details would be available this summer.
What are the specs of Stadia?
- Custom 2.7 GHz hyperthreaded x86 CPU with AVX2 SIMD and 9.5 MB L2+L3 cache
- Custom AMD GPU with HBM2 memory and 56 compute units capable of 10.7 teraflops
- 16 GB of RAM with up to 484 GB/s of performance
- SSD cloud storage
What is special about the Stadia Controller?
To start, it uses WiFi to connect directly to the Stadia servers. This could theoretically reduce latency which is one of the biggest challenges cloud gaming faces. It also has two interesting dedicated buttons. The first of which is capture button which allows you to capture screenshots or even capture video and directly share your gameplay straight to YouTube. Even if your internet connection won’t support a 4K stream, you will be able to stream straight to YouTube with a second stream that supports 4K at 60 FPS! This means having a decent upload rate won’t be required to stream your gameplay. The second button is dedicated to Google Assistant.