Here’s how Google says Stadia works


May 1, 2019
On any compatible device running Google Chrome — be it desktops, laptops, smart TVs, Google Chromecast, and smartphones (Pixels for now, iPhones and Androids later) — Stadia will run at varying high resolutions depending on internet connection.

At 35 Mbps, Stadia will run at 4K, 60 FPS, 5.1 Surround sound. At 20 Mbps, the resolution will drop to 1080p, and at 10 Mbps, the resolution will be a functional 720p still at 60 FPS and Stereo audio.

Google isn’t the only one to enter the emerging realm of cloud gaming. Sony has been a player since the 2014 launch of PlayStation Now, while Microsoft’s in-development Project xCloud aims to directly compete with Google Stadia with similar features. But Stadia has become a curiosity as it represents Google aiming to be the first major competitor in years to be on the level of the “Big Three” that is Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.