Earlier this week Google unveiled its highly-anticipated gaming platform, Stadia, which will be a new streaming-only way of gaming.
Google said that users will be able to stream games at 4K and 60 frames per second, which left gamers asking the same question: what kind of internet speed is needed to facilitate this?!
Speaking to Kotaku, Google Stadia top dog Phil Harrison went into detail about the requirements of Stadia, confirming that the recommended minimum connection is 25 megabits per second for a game running at 1080p and 60 frames per second.
As for 4K and 60 frames per second, a connection of 30 megabits per second is recommended. Definitely not as demanding as you might have thought.
Speaking about how the team came to the recommendations, Harrison said: “We were able to test a lot of this with our Project Stream test late last year, starting back in October,
“To get 1080p, 60 frames per second, required approximately 25 megabits per second. In fact, we use less than that, but that’s where we put our recommended limit at.”
He added that new innovations have been made since the testing phase, saying: “When we launch, we will be able to get to 4K but only raise that bandwidth to about 30 megabits per second. So if you have less bandwidth, we’ll give you a lower resolution… We do a lot of that for you in the background, and we will only offer up the appropriate bandwidth for the infrastructure that you have.”
Google boasts that the streaming platform is actually more technically impressive than both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, and Stadia will also support full cross-play across all platforms – including saves and progression.
Stadia will also be looking into new ways of sharing specific elements of your play. Whether you want to share your gameplay to thousands or just to your buddy, you can create a Shareable Moment with a new feature called State Share that’ll translate your play into a link for you to do whatever you like with.
Stadia will be releasing sometime in 2019.
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