Google revealed more about the release of its Stadia streaming gaming service, and VP Phil Harrison gave us performance specifics so you can see precisely how the company thinks the service will work based on what sort of internet connection you have. It tops out at an awesome 4K resolution, with HDR color, 60fps frame rate, and 5.1 surround sound, but you’ll have to have at least a 35 Mbps connection to achieve that awesomeness and a ton of data.
Meanwhile, at 20 Mbps you’ll get full HD 1080p output, while retaining HDR video, 60fps, and 5.1 surround sound. And Google has optimized for the sleekness of the stream by maintaining 60 fps all the way down to its suggested minimum bandwidth connection quality of 10 Mbps. You’ll only get 720p streams at that level, however, and stereo instead of surround sound.
“With Stadia, our goal is to make gaming more accessible for everyone,” is how Harrison expressed it, and that applies to its range of connection support as well as its device availability. At launch, you’ll be able to play Stadia games on your TV (via Chromecast Ultra), desktop, laptop, and tablet (via browsers) and on smartphones, though only Pixel phones to work with starting with Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a (via special Stadia app).