Google Stadia: The finer print of Google’s game streaming service (Latest version)


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Set to debut in November, Google Stages seems to be one of the most ambitious efforts at a game streaming platform. It has been said that there are many smaller questions with smaller answers that can ease your mind at Stadia. Let's look at some of the finer prints with Stadia and see what Google didn't tell straight.

Note: Unless stated otherwise, the information below is provided by Stadia & # 39; s website and FAQ page. We will update this page in time as we learn more.


"Free" games aren't really free

Image of Destiny 2's Shadowkeep extension.

For those who don't always buy games, the Stadia Pro membership offers "regular" free games to those who are willing to pay $ 9.99 a month. That said, you lose access to any free game you have redeemed if you go to the free Stadia Base level. This way, Stadia Pro works very similar to Sony's PlayStation Plus.

The same goes for any add-on content you purchased, as well as the "free" copy of Destiny 2 you added to the Founder's issue.

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As for the Founder's Edition, the main Destiny 2 game includes all the previously released content, and the upcoming Shadowkeep extension for free. Bungie announced that Destiny 2 will play for free anyway, but the Shadowkeep extension costs $ 35 on other platforms.

The good news is that purchased games are available on Pro and Base. Also re-subscribe to Pro recovery early-claimed free games and purchased add-on content.

You'll need the founder's edition to play Stages in 2019

Google Stages Founders Edition

Google was not very clear about this during its Stadia Connect offering, but you have to buy the $ 129 ladder to play at Stadia in 2019. You have to wait in 2020 to become a Pro or Base subscriber. It's a little bit, but the Base subscription won't cost you anything.

Purchase device support and games

If you do Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, or Pixel 3a XL, you're good to go once, Stadia starts later this year. Those with non-Pixel mobile devices will have to wait indefinitely to get support for Stadia.

Read: Google Stages Games: Here's the full list

But Pixel and non-Pixel devices will be able to use the Stadia program from day one. The program, which works on any device that is at least IOS 11 and Android Marshmallow, you can buy or manage Stadia games. It's not the same as playing Stadia games, but at least you can see what's available.

Stages can chew through your data cap

Bandwidth requirements for Google Stages

During its Stadia Connect offering, Google also talked about the bandwidth requirements of the game stream platform. At a 35Mbps connection, you get 4K resolution, 60fps and HDR. Step by step up to 10 Mbps, you get 720p resolution at 60fps, while 20Mbps gets you 1080p resolution and 60fps.

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but PC Gamer reported that you should be careful if you have a monthly data packet. According to the exhaust analysis, Stadia uses 15.75GB per hour of 4K streaming, 9GB per hour of 1080p and 4.5GB per hour at 720p. This means that Stadia uses 1TB from 4K streaming if you have played every day for about two hours and 10 minutes.

Whether you're a hardcore or accidental gamer, don't paint the numbers a nice picture for you. You need to be wary of how much you play during the week if you have a monthly data packet and have enough data to get 4K streaming.

Related: Is your internet good enough for Google Stages? This is complicated.

Stages will not use cellular data. For now.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Verizon Wireless Node with UWB

You are more than welcome to play Stadia on any supported device as long as you do not use cellular data. Unfortunately for road users, Google's Product Management Director, Andrey Doronichev, confirmed The Verge that "you should not expect your existing cellular connection to work."

It is said, the door is open to 5G to change things. According to Doronichev, Google is strongly at 5G's potential to change the inability to play Stadia over a cellular data connection. Based on early speed tests, 5G can deliver on its promise of much faster data speed.

A lost connection does not always mean lost game progress

Thanks to Stadia we constantly send data to the cloud, you don't have to worry much about the manual saving of your game. However, there is concern to lose your game progress if you lose your internet connection.

Read: No internet? The Google app has a hidden game to occupy your time

The good news is that your game progress will not go away if it does, but only for a short while. If you lose a connection, Stadia will maintain the game where it is cut for a few minutes. The service will also change the power quality as the bandwidth varies.

Not every Google Account will work

Because Stadia is a Google product, you need a Google Account to use it. However, only standard Google accounts will work with Stadia – those with Google for Work, Google for Education, and & # 39; certain other managed Google accounts & # 39; is not lucky.

Controller support is strange

Google Stages Night Blue Controller Links Corner Google

You do not need to use the Stadia Controller to play on Stages – you are free to use other administrators. However, administrators must meet HID and connect via USB cable when you're playing chromium or mobile.

You also need to use the Stadia Controller if you want to play on your TV. Third-party add-ons can theoretically release voluntary controllers under the "Made for Google" program. However, they should be directly with the Chromecast Ultra, which is also needed to play on your TV. Until that happens, your only option on the TV is the Stadia Controller.

Not everyone in the US will get Stadia

With Google based in the US, it makes sense for the company to make the country one of the launch destinations for Stadia later this year. However, Google has clearly explained that Stadia will not be available in Hawaii, Guam, or the US Virgin Islands. Those in Puerto Rico and Alaska are safe and get Stadia.

Google has not explicitly stated why, but the company has indicated that Hawaii, Guam and the US Virgin Islands are too far from its data centers. Google also illustrated Stadia's eventual launch in the three aforementioned regions, but nothing has yet been laid down.

Stages are just online

The main distinction over Stadia is its full dependence on an internet connection. Even when you buy games on the platform, there is no such thing as offline playing at Stadia. As such, you cannot download titles on your device, for example, to play in a plane.

It's already a problem for those who don't have the best internet connections, but to make matters worse is Google's remarkable reputation when it comes to privacy. The company, along with other large entities such as Facebook, has received a lot of flags for their data collection practices and privacy approach.


If you think we miss nothing, let us know in the comments below. While you're there, tell us if the above information changed how you thought about Stadia.

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