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.

Stadia Stories Yesterday

Stadia offers Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, WWE 2K Battlegrounds free this weekend [U]

Google Stadia has offered a few “free play” weekends for select games over the past several months. Now, you can play Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and WWE 2K Battlegrounds for free on Stadia for a few days.

Stadia Stories January 20

Hitman 3, the conclusion of the World of Assassination trilogy, has launched across all platforms, even bringing State Share support as a Stadia exclusive feature.

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Stadia Stories January 19

Pikuniku, a quirky platforming puzzle game, coming to Stadia next month [Updated]

Pikuniku, a quirky indie game about striving to make people happy — and failing spectacularly — is coming to Google Stadia next month.

After a pretty minor rollout that turned out to be a beta test for State Share on Stadia with Crayta, the potentially game-changing platform feature has arrived in full with the release of Hitman 3 — and we have spent a few days getting to know it better.

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Stadia-exclusive Outcasters adds two new character packs, bug fixes w/ latest patch

One of the few compelling exclusives on Stadia is the multiplayer Outcasters. Now, Outcasters is picking up its first update of 2021 with support for two new character packs and a bunch of bug fixes.

Stadia Stories January 18

On January 20th, Hitman 3 is set to debut on Google Stadia alongside other platforms. In preparation for that release, IO Interactive is taking Hitman 1 and 2 offline on Stadia for the sake of maintenance.

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