Yesterday, Google provided official details Google Stages, the search giant's first big dive in the gambling industry. Google's servers stream games to your TV or monitor, requiring you to have the necessity of a console or a high-end gaming computer.
One of the first questions gamers had when Google announced the service in March is what the Google Stage Internet Speed Requirements would be. Fortunately, we finally got some answers yesterday.
But your Google Stages internet connection is not the only thing you should consider when it comes to this game streaming service.
Google Stages Internet Speed Requirements
The minimum requirement for your Google Stages internet connection is 10 Mbps. The vast majority of people in the United States are likely to have an internet connection so fast, but if you don't, you won't be able to play Stadia games.
On the other side of the spectrum, to take full advantage of everything, Stadia must offer in November when it starts, you need an internet speed of 35 Mbps.
Here's what you get for each speed:
- Anything above 10Mbps: You can play any Stadia title at a resolution of 720p with stereo sound.
- Anything above 20 Mbps: You can play any Stadia title at a resolution of 1080p with 5.1 surround sound.
- Anything above 35 Mbps: You can play any Stadia title at a resolution of 4K (60fps) with HDR support and full surround sound.
Ultimately, there will also be 8K support, but Google has said nothing about when it will come or what kind of speed you need.
Your internet speed is not everything
Although the speed list above looks pretty straightforward, there are two other aspects of your Google Stages internet connection that you need to keep in mind.
The first is consistency. Although you can now do a speed test and get something over 35Mbps, you get speed daily if you do several speed tests in a row? Depending on your internet connection (as well as how you set up your home network), you can get drops of speed here and there. If your internet drops repeatedly over the years, you may have a problem getting the results above.
Until Google Stages actually starts, we won't be sure how the service will handle data speed fluctuations. According to Google, if your speed drops below a certain point, your game's resolution will automatically be reimbursed. How smooth it will be is someone's guess at this point.
You need to keep two things in mind with Google Stages: the consistency of your internet speed and your data caps.
The second thing to keep in mind – and it's a big one – is data pots. Many ISPs in US location data caps on home internet use and games at a 4K resolution for a few hours a week can push you very well over the limit.
To give you an idea of how quickly your data could come up, consult us Summary of Netflix streaming data statistics. In our test, we found that streaming from a 4K video uses approximately 6.5 to 11.5 GB of data per hour. Assuming that the streaming game is more data-hungry than video, 20 hours of Google Stage games per month can easily push you close to your data cap, especially if you look at all the Netflix viewers you are at stake of Stadia.
With this in mind, Stadia players can be forced to play at lower resolutions, even if their internet speed is high to simply stay under those data swatches.
What do you think? Do you have data caps to worry about? Is your internet speed good enough to take full advantage of Stadia? Let us know in the comments.
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