Google Stadia is the search giant’s upcoming game streaming service which lets you play hardware-intensive games purely from an internet connection. The benefits of this platform open possibilities for game developers that would no longer be limited to the local capabilities of the mobile device or gaming rig used to play the game.
Since the E3 Gaming Expo has kicked off this weekend, Stadia is now relevant more than ever as other game platforms and publisher announce their upcoming games and the future of gaming hardware.
In any case, it is understood that your experience playing these games will primarily depend on the reliability, speed, and latency of your internet connection. If you’ve been wondering whether your current internet connection will support Google Stadia, Google has launched a speed test tool that can tell you if your connection is good or needs to be better.
You can head to the test page, which is accessed via Stadia’s landing page, and run the test on hardware you plan to use with Stadia. Google recommends at least 10Mbps down in order to stream at 720p @ 60fps + stereo, 20Mbps to stream HDR 1080p @ 60fps + 5.1 surround, and at least 30-something Mbps to stream HDR 4K @ 60fps + 5.1 surround.
It’ll be interesting to see how well the service runs once it initially launches in November. We imagine there could be some connectivity issues at launch as players join the service, but it isn’t anything Google can’t figure out with all the computing power at its disposal.
Are you excited about Stadia? What do you think of the idea of video games slowly transitioning into the subscription-based model?