Google unveiled its new game-streaming service called “Stadia” at the Game Developers Conference 2019 and aims to take on the major console makers who have been ruling the gaming industry for a long time now.
The vision for the new game-streaming service is that games can be played anywhere although arguments can be made that you’d have to have blazing fast internet to run games on Stadia flawlessly.
Nevertheless, there’s much to be excited about since the tech giant has servers across the world to cut down latency by a long shot to offer a gaming experience similar to that of playing on a console.
Stadia might be the future of gaming or perhaps it might not but if you’re excited about Google’s new endeavor, then you might be wondering when Stadia would be available to the public and which devices would you be able to use Stadia on.
Google Stadia release date
- Release slated for November 14, 2019
- U.S., Canada, UK, and Europe will get it first
Google has confirmed that Stadia will be available in multiple countries beginning November 14, 2019. Besides the U.S., Canada, and the UK, Stadia will also be available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden on this same date.
However, this is only true for Google Stadia Pro, with the free Stadia Base expected to arrive in 2020.
You will be able to run Google Stadia on any device with access to the internet and can run Google Chrome.
This literally means you could play console games on your smartphone, TV, laptop, desktop, tablet, and anything that’s connected to the internet and can run Google Chrome which is just insane and truly is groundbreaking if you think about it.
You could dust off your old laptop and begin playing high-end games as long as you have a good internet connection. Now that’s pretty cool, to be honest.
Google Stadia Setup
You don’t have to download and install games which is absolutely brilliant and Stadia works just like any other streaming service. All you need to do is select the game of your choice and begin playing — no downloading, no updating, basically no worries.
The only major requirement here is that you would have to have a high-speed internet connection to play games on Stadia without experiencing noticeable lag or latency issues. Google says Stadia Base needs at least 10Mbps download speed to stream 720p or 1080p games while streaming 4K titles on Stadia Pro will require up to 35Mbps download speed.
If you’re on a limited data plan, then you might run into several issues including artifacts and possibly even disconnecting from the server.
Nevertheless, we’d have to wait for the official launch of Stadia later on this year to make our final judgments.