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 August 7

Google’s Stadia platform has helped start a new form of gaming, streaming from the cloud. In the past year, Stadia, Microsoft xCloud, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now have made a big splash, but they still aren’t available on iOS. Why? Apple has confirmed it won’t allow services like Google Stadia on its platform for iPhone or iPad owners.

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Google Stadia Stories August 6

You can now play Borderlands 3 for free w/ Stadia Pro during ‘Free Play Days’ [Updated]

This weekend, Stadia Pro members can play Borderlands 3 for free as part of Stadia’s first-ever “Free Play Days” event.

Google Stadia Stories August 3

Stadia now works w/ controllers on Android TV as it inches towards official support

Google Stadia has been expanding its list of games and features rapidly as of late, but Android TV support has still remained pretty quiet. Recent updates made gameplay possible, and now another new version is making Stadia on Android TV play better with a controller.

Google Stadia Stories August 1

In addition to Rock of Ages 3: Make and Break later next month, August 2020 will see four games for Stadia Pro subscribers on Saturday.

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A month after launch, Stadia picked up the ability to view game Achievements online and on Chromecast. The streaming service logged awards from day one, but an interface wasn’t ready until December. Stadia Achievements are now rolling out on the Android and iOS apps.

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Google Stadia Stories July 31

Google gives Chromebook owners 3-month Stadia Pro trial, current subscribers can also redeem

Cloud streaming particularly excels on devices that would otherwise never get access to AAA titles. To emphasize that today, Google announced that it’s giving most Chromebook owners a three-month Stadia Pro trial.

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