With the introduction of Google Stadia, it is starting to look like soon we can just subscribe to games instead of having a console or gaming PC that are necessary to provide hardware support for an amazing gaming experience. This new gaming subscription service that Google has started will be similar to Netflix, with remote servers will provide the processing power to run the games and stream them to your screen.
All you need is a decent internet connection (at least 10 Mbps) and access to a Google Chrome browser to get access to Stadia’s AAA titles. This cloud streaming service is expected to deliver a streaming quality of up to 4K resolution at 60 FPS for games like Baldur’s Gate 3, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Final Fantasy 15, Just Dance 2020 and more.
In fact, Google is also planning to develop its own games to add to the growing collection of the Stadia Library. You can access these games through a Stadia Pro subscription for $9.99/£8.99 per month.
As of now, Stadia is expected to launch in 14 countries somewhere around November but we would expect some delay because Google is being particularly vague about the date.
Google is also planning to announce a Stadia launch bundle at different price points. Details about the ‘Founder’s Edition’ are making the rounds and it is expected to have the Stadia Controller, a Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2 access and three months of subscription. If you’re not sold on the launch bundle the controller will be available separately and you can just get the Stadia Pro subscription to try it for a month.
However, before you get hyped up about this, it is necessary to confirm your Internet’s network speed to know if you can have a good gaming experience on Stadia.
How to test your internet speed
Make sure you have the device and network that you are planning to use for Stadia and proceed with the following steps:
- Got to the Google Stadia speed test tool.
- Click/Tap on Check Now.
- Wait for the result to load, it will take a few seconds.
- Once the result is in, you will know if it’s okay to proceed with using Stadia
- Additionally, repeat the process a few times to see if there are variations in speed.
The speed test will confirm if your network is compatible with Stadia, however, if you are a heavy gamer, you need to find out the data cap of your ISP provider. Stadia is a voracious data consumer and will even consume as much as 1 TB in just 64 hours of 4K game streaming. So yes, there is a concern regarding this particular aspect that we hope Google will address. Still, there is a lot to look forward to with the launch of the so-called ‘console-killer’.