Google Stadia is finally ready to break free from Wi-Fi and play over 4G and 5G mobile connections using most Android devices.
It’s a feature Google has been working on for months and follows other Stadia experiments that have enabled touch controls for some games and a widespread rollout of the Stadia app to most Android devices that launched in June.
Until now, subscribers could use the game streaming service on Android devices, but only when connected to a stable Wi-Fi network. Today’s news changes that.
According to a community blog post about this google say to go for the latest 4G / 5G experience, all you have to do is open the Stadia app on an android phone, select Experiences under your profile, then choose Use mobile data.
Is streaming over a mobile connection worth it?
Theoretically, streaming through your mobile connection could be a fantastic way to play your Stadia game collection anywhere, anytime.
We’re saying theoretically because, on paper at least, 4G and 5G connection speeds exceed Google’s recommended 10Mbps connection speeds for playing in HD. 5G can achieve data speeds several times higher, according to our 5G speed tests, so Stadia should theoretically perform perfectly when standing under a 5G tower.
The potential downside here is that all of that gaming on the go could eat into your mobile data cap, if you have one. Google has warned in the past that using the service can consume between 4.5 and 20 GB of data per hour of reading, so you might want to play outside sparingly.
That being said, having the added ability to play on the go is a nice benefit of serving, and as long as it works well, it could cause some players to return to serve.