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Stadia 4K Streaming Will Consume 1TB of Data Every 65 Hours

Stadia 4K Streaming Will Consume 1TB of Data Every 65 Hours

It was back in March this year when Google unveiled its game-streaming service, Google Stadia.

To seed the market Google is urging early adopters to by a Founder's Edition bundle that includes a controller, a Chromecast Ultra dongle and three months subscription to the "Pro" premium tier for £119.

For those who don't need all those bells and whistles, and who don't mind waiting to try Stadia for themselves, Google will launch the "Stadia Base" service for free in 2020.

And, while these bandwidth ranges are also well within what a solid LTE service can provide, at least for now Google is pushing people towards using heartier, non-cellular connections for the service, telling The Verge "You should not expect your existing cellular connection to work". What price is dignity?

Google has unveiled Stadia's first wave of launch titles, launch timing and pricing for the Founder's Edition in a livestream today. You'll still be able buy games whenever you want on Stadia Base, but you won't have access to any of the "free" games that come with Stadia Pro and you won't benefit from any discounts on other non-free games.

Google says that with Stadia Pro, users can play games in 4K at 60 frames per second with 5.1 surround sound.

There will be two service tiers, Stadia Base is free and Stadia Pro is $9.99 per month.

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The YouTube link is also crucial to Stadia's unique features, such as the ability to dive straight into a multiplayer game from a live YouTube video, joining the same session that you were just watching being streamed.

One attractive part of the Stadia pitch is that you can pick up and play your games on any device, starting from wherever you left off.

There is some consolation though as Google said there is Destiny 2 that will be available to the subscribers to play free of cost through the freebie is limited to a single title as of now.

Stadia will launch in November. Microsoft is also testing its own cloud gaming service called Project xCloud, which is now undergoing public trials to help reduce latency so there's little to no lag time between the controller and on-screen action. This 10mbps download would only get you 720p gaming and for 4K 60fps with HDR gaming experience, you'd need around 35mbps. At that speed you'll be effectively downloading 15.75GB of temporary data every hour, though realistically Stadia's smart encoders are unlikely to be chowing down that hard. The Founders Edition is priced at $169 in Canada, with pre-orders available now.

That could put a dent in users' data plans. So, like typical PC and console gaming (Nintendo Switch excluded), Stadia is going to be nearly exclusively used at home.

From that perspective, the Founder's Edition bundle is a great deal especially if you don't already own a Chromecast Ultra or want a dedicated controller to use with Stadia.


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