Stadia is a streaming service that leverages Google’s vast cloud infrastructure to deliver AAA games over the web without needing specialized hardware. This ambitious effort follows in the footsteps of the company’s other large platforms: Search, Chrome, and Android.

Google hopes to bring this form of entertainment to the next billion gamers by removing various limitations that exist today. All that’s required to play Stadia is the Google Chrome browser that’s available on any entry laptop or desktop. The service is also available on Android phones and televisions through the Chromecast Ultra dongle.

The service requires at least a 10Mbps internet connection for 720p quality at 60FPS and Stereo sound. Double that connection provides 1080p with HDR video and 5.1 Surround sound, while 35Mbps is needed for 4K resolution. This consumes between 4.5GB to 20GB of data per hour of gaming.

Google is leveraging the data centers and networking infrastructure already in place to power its existing cloud services. The actual Stadia hardware consists of custom Intel CPUs and AMD GPUs that are more powerful than the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro at 10.7 teraflops of performance.

To get the most out of the service, Stadia Pro is required. For $9.99 per month, you can play games in 4K graphics and receive a free title roughly every month — the first being Destiny 2: The Collection.

Google Stadia Stories February 21

[Update: Coming Feb 25] Stadia’s next timed-exclusive game is co-op platformer Spitlings

Google’s streaming platform launched one week ago with 22 titles and the promise of a few more by year’s end. The latest announced game for Stadia is a timed-exclusive called Spitlings.

Google Stadia Stories February 20

Google Stadia will come pre-loaded on the next ASUS ROG Phone

Google Stadia started as a Pixel-exclusive on smartphones, but just this week it’s expanded to a bunch of other smartphones. After launching support for Stadia on the ROG Phone and ROG Phone II, ASUS has partnered with Google to pre-install Stadia on the next ROG Phone.

Google Stadia Stories February 19

Back in January, Google laid out a three-month roadmap for Stadia. The first platform update sees the game streaming service become available on the latest Samsung Galaxy phones, and drop its Pixel exclusivity.

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Google Stadia’s launch was met with a lot of criticism, but a fair number of people ended up buying the Founder’s and Premiere Editions of the “console in the cloud.” Now, the free Stadia Pro trials that came with those bundles are starting to end and we’re wondering — will you keep paying for Google Stadia Pro?

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The three-month anniversary of Stadia’s launch today also means that the Pro trial included with Founder’s Edition ends tomorrow for the first players. Ahead of that, the Destiny 2 expansions and an “Upgrade Edition” are now available to buy on Stadia.

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Google Stadia Stories February 14

The launch of Google Stadia was handled poorly. Well, who am I kidding, it was basically a dumpster fire of missing features and miscommunicationHowever, the tech behind Stadia is still solid, and it offers a lot of promise for the future. With reports of the PlayStation 5 price being significantly higher, I think Stadia might be a perfect answer to that huge console investment.

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