Stadia is a cloud gaming service developed and operated by Google. It is advertised to be capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range, to players via the company’s numerous data centers. It is accessible through the Google Chrome web browser on personal computers, supported smartphones, as well as Chrome OS tablets and Chromecast for TV support. There is also an experimental mode with support for all Android devices capable of installing the Stadia mobile app. In December 2020, Google released an iOS browser-based progressive web application for Stadia, enabling gameplay in the Safari browser.
The service is integrated with YouTube, and its “state share” feature allows Stadia players to launch a supported game from a save state shared by another player via permalink. It is compatible with various non-Stadia game controllers through USB and Bluetooth. Stadia requires users to purchase games from its store in order to stream them. While the base service is otherwise free, a Pro tier monthly subscription allows users to stream in up to 4K resolution, 5.1 surround sound, and offers a growing collection of free games that the user has access to while they are subscribed. Both tiers allow users to play online multiplayer without any additional costs.
Known in development as Project Stream, the service debuted through a closed beta running Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in October 2018. Stadia publicly launched on November 19, 2019, in select countries and initially received a mixed reception from reviewers. On April 8, 2020, Google launched the no-cost base service of Stadia.
You can find all currently supported games here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stadia_games
Stadia is available in the following countries:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Czech Republic
An internet connection with at least 10 Mbit/s is required.
Test your connection quality here https://projectstream.google.com/speedtest
As far as we know Stadia runs on Google Edge Nodes. You can find the location of these nodes here: https://peering.google.com/#/infrastructure
Stadia can be played with a variety of gamepads on a computer, on a TV with a Chromecast Ultra, and on compatible mobile devices, including:
- Pixel 2, 2XL, 3, 3XL, 3a, 3a XL, 4, 4XL, 4a, 4a (5G), 5
- Samsung S8, S8+, S8 Active, Note 8
- Samsung S9, S9+, Note 9
- Samsung S10, S10+, Note 10, Note 10+
- Samsung S20, S20+, S20 Ultra
- OnePlus 5, 6, 7, 7 Pro, 7 Pro 5G, 8, 8 Pro
- OnePlus 5T, 6T, 7T, 7T Pro, 7T Pro 5G, 8T
- OnePlus Nord, N10 5G, N100
- Asus ROG Phone, ROG Phone II, ROG Phone III
- Razer Phone, Razer Phone II
- LG V50 ThinQ, V50S ThinQ, V60 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ, G8 ThinQ, Wing
You can also play Stadia on your iPhone or iPad using a Safari web app. More mobile devices will be made compatible with Stadia over time, even if they don’t appear in the above list.
There are two levels of membership: Stadia Pro, which is paid for, and plain Stadia, a free access plan.
Stadia Pro membership costs £8.99 per month in the UK, $9.99 per month in the US, and €9.99 in other European countries. That gives users up to 4K HDR gameplay and 5.1 surround sound. However, you still have to buy the majority of games on top.