What Is Google Stadia and How Does It Work?


By now almost everyone has heard of Google’s upcoming gaming platform Stadia. Whether you like it or not, here are the details for Google’s vision on the future of gaming.

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What is Google Stadia?

Stadia is Google’s vision for the future of gaming, it takes away all of the hardware components of gaming and opts for a server-based/online way of gaming instead.

This means no more console and no more hard-copy games or digital downloads for that matter. Instead you will log in to your Stadia account and stream any of the video games you would like to play. Think of it as Netflix but instead of paying a monthly subscription for watching TV shows or movies, you will instead be paying to stream gaming titles available from the Stadia library.

How does Stadia work?

Stadia is an online video game streaming service. Similar to Netflix but with a mix of PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass sprinkled in.

On Stadia you will be able to play selected ‘free’ games and paid options on virtually any device. Whether it’s via Chromecast Ultra for your TV, on your phone or on your laptop/PC.

Furthermore, due to the fact Stadia is an internet streaming service this eliminates any spec requirements. Making this aspect of Stadia incredibly beneficial for anyone wanting to play games on their PC but cannot afford to buy a gaming PC outright.

Stadia will allow users to stream games in 4K at 60 frames-per-second. Eventually, Google stated that Stadia will support streaming in 8K at 120 frames-per-second.

However, as with anything, there are pro’s and con’s. The con’s being:

  • Internet Connection 
Google Stadia what is it and how does it work?
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In order to run Google’s new streaming service you will need a stable internet connection. You will also require 35Mbps internet speeds in order to access the best video quality that Stadia has to offer. As a recommended minimum you are required to have at least 10Mbps although this only offers 720p at 60 fps.

However, Google do offer a internet connection test on their site which will help you to find out what gaming quality you can expect from Stadia. You can test your internet connection with Google here.

  • Subscription – The other “con” to Stadia is that it is another subscription service. Like many people, we can all safely say we have probably one too many of these. With that being said Stadia is priced reasonably at $9.99/a month in the US and £8.99/a month in the UK.
  • Games – You also lose a certain amount of control of which games you do or don’t get to play. You are essentially limited to what Stadia has to offer at that point in time. On top of this you will still have to pay for certain titles regardless.

Stadia Base

However, if you would rather not pay a subscription fee, good news! Stadia base will be a ‘subscription free’ alternative. You will still be able to buy any games you would like but you will take a drop in resolution (down to 1080p) and you won’t have access to any free games or exclusive discounts.

Something else to note – Currently there isn’t a solid release date set for the Stadia Base alternative and all we know so far is it’s due to release next year.

What games can I play on Google Stadia?

Google has been going strong on making sure a number of developers are on board for their upcoming platform. As such there is an impressive list so far for the current library.

Here are all the games currently available on Google Stadia.

  • Anno 1800
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • Borderlands 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Destiny 2
  • Destroy all humans!
  • DOOM
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Far Cry 5
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Football Manager
  • For Honor
  • Get Packed
  • GRID
  • GYLT
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Metro Exodus
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • NBA 2K
  • Orcs Must Die 3
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Rage 2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Steep
  • Superhot
  • The Crew 2
  • The Elder Scrolls: Online
  • Thumper
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint,  Rainbow Six Siege,  Splinter Cell Black list, The Division 2
  • Trials Rising
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

When will Google Stadia Launch?

Stadia is set for launch in November 2019. You can pre-order a founder edition here.

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