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

The late-2020 gaming rush is now upon us, which means the gaming release schedule is now really heating up ahead of the busy holiday period. October 2020 has seen some serious PR missteps and controversy alongside heaps more incremental updates and improvements to Stadia, while more a new wave of games have hit the service too!

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Google kicks off #StadiaSweepstakes contest w/ free copy of Marvel’s Avengers

One of the big AAA games that hit Google Stadia this year was Square Enix’s Avengers. Now, as a part of the first “Stadia Sweepstakes,” Google is giving a copy of Marvel’s Avengers away for free.

Stadia Stories October 29

PUBG arrived on Google Stadia over the summer and, in the time since, has remained free-to-play for Pro members as a part of their monthly subscription. Now, PUBG Highlands is also available for free to Stadia Pro members.

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Stadia Stories October 28

Watch Dogs: Legion is now available on Google Stadia

Ubisoft has a few big titles releasing before the end of the year and to kick things off, the latest Watch Dogs game is hitting the scene. Watch Dogs: Legion is now available on Google Stadia.

Stadia Stories October 27

Following three days of Good Stuff, November 2020 will see six games join Stadia Pro on Sunday. This includes new titles Sniper Elite 4, The Gardens Between, and Hello Neighbor: Hide & See, as well as Risk of Rain 2.

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Ubisoft has a ton of killer titles, but getting them all isn’t cheap. For a while, the company has been developing “UPlay+,” a $14.99/month subscription service with access to over 100 games including brand new releases. Now, that service is being rebranded as Ubisoft+, and it finally has a launch date of November 10th — except for on Stadia.

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