How does Stadia work? How to Stream Games on Google’s Cloud Gaming Platform

  • Google Stadiums works by allowing you to stream games without a console or video game pc.
  • You can play Stadia on a variety of devices, including a computer with Chrome, a Chromecast Ultra, and some Android devices.
  • The platform relies on Google’s servers and a fast internet connection for an optimal cloud-based gaming experience.

Stadiums, from google cloud-based gaming platform, represents a new gaming world where you don’t need a console or PC to play popular games like “Destiny 2″ or cult favorites like ” Dead by Daylight”, marking a paradigm shift in the gaming industry.

On the other hand, the ability to stream games is not new and is used by several platforms including Microsoft, PlayStation, nintendoand an upcoming Amazon service, Moon.

Here is an overview of what cloud game is, who makes it, and how Stadia fits into the cloud gaming arena.

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How Stadia works

Cloud gaming with Stadia means that instead of having a physical copy of the game you’re playing, you’ll be streaming the action.

Instead of relying on your home’s personal hardware, Stadia games are powered by Google’s data centers, which are capable of handling the bandwidth of graphically demanding games at 4K resolution.

You will also never have to start any updates, patches, or game downloads.

What you need to stream Stadia games

A strong internet connection is practically a mandate if you want to enjoy cloud gaming with Stadia.

Anyone who has ever played technically demanding online games like first-person shooters knows how important a good internet connection is to avoiding lags.

Cloud gaming raises the bar even higher on your internet, since graphics processing will be done externally on Stadia servers, rather than on your computer or console.

How does Stadia work?  How to Stream Games on Google's Cloud Gaming Platform
A visitor plays a cloud game on Google Stadia during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany in August 2019.INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images

Google recommends a minimum connectivity speed of 10 megabits per second. Lily our handy article on how to check your internet speed.

When playing Stadia on the Chromecast Ultra, you can hardwire your internet for more reliable speeds and consistency, rather than using a wireless connection.

If you want to play Stadia on your TV, you’ll want to buy Stadia Premiere for $99.99. It comes with a Stadia controller and Google Chromecast Ultra.

Stadia Pro gives you access to the Netflix-like catalog of games for $9.99 per month. You can also buy games and stream them with Stadia’s free tier service. Read our introductory guide to Stadia for more information.

Other game streaming options

Amazon’s Luna will have a structure similar to Stadia, and accepts early access requests.

Microsoft’s Game Pass, a subscription service that allows full game downloads, newly integrated cloud-based game streamingwhich the PlayStation Now subscription has also offered since 2014.

And with a few years of streaming already available in Japan, Nintendo recently made its cloud service available to the American public with “Control Ultimate Edition – Cloud Version”. More games should be available in the near future.


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