How does Stadia work? How to stream games

  • Google Stadia works by letting you stream games without a console or gaming PC.
  • You can play Stadia on a variety of devices including PC with Chrome, 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.
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Stadia, Google’s 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 games. cult favorites like “Dead by Daylight”, marking a paradigm shift in the gaming business.

On the other hand, the ability to stream games is nothing new and is being used by multiple platforms including Microsoft, PlayStation, Nintendo, and a future Amazon service, Luna.

Here’s an overview of what cloud gaming is, who does it, and how Stadia fits into the realm of cloud gaming.

How Stadia Works

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


the action.

Instead of relying on the personal hardware in your home, Stadia games are powered by Google’s data centers, which are able to handle the bandwidth of graphically demanding games at



You also won’t have to run any updates, patches, or game downloads.

What you need to stream Stadia games

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

Anyone who has played technically demanding online games like first person shooters knows how important a good internet connection is to avoid lag.

Cloud gaming raises the bar on your internet even further, as graphics processing will be performed externally on Stadia servers, rather than on your computer or console.

Google Stadia

A visitor plays a cloud game on Google Stadia during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany in August 2019.

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

When playing Stadia on the


Ultra, you can wire 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 need to purchase Stadia Premiere for $ 99.99. It comes with a Stadia controller and Google Chromecast Ultra.

Stadia Pro gives you access to


-like a catalog of games at $ 9.99 per month. You can also buy games and stream them with Stadia’s free service. Read our Getting Started Guide to Stadia for more information.

Other game streaming options

Luna, from Amazon, will have a similar structure to Stadia and accept early access requests.

Microsoft’s Game Pass, a subscription service that allows full game downloads, recently integrated cloud-based game streaming, which 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 are expected to be available in the near future.


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