How much does Google Stadia cost
Google Stadia is a game streaming service that lets you play games from the cloud in 4K resolution - whether on your notebook, TV or smartphone. We'll tell you all the important information about the subscription, prices, games and requirements here.
- Games stream in 4K and at 60 FPS
- Measure internet speed for the game service
- Google account, hardware and compatible smartphones
- "Stadia Pro" and "Stadia Base" subscription models
- To sign in to Google Stadia
- Controller for Google Stadia
- Compatible gamepads
- Should you have problems with Google Stadia
Google Stadia is a game streaming service that should eliminate the need to purchase a game console. You call up games directly from the cloud and play them on a notebook, tablet or smartphone, for example. If you have a premium subscription, you will also regularly receive free games - similar to PS Plus for the PS4.
With a subscription to Stadia Pro you get access to a selection of free games that is constantly growing. Of course, you can also buy games via the Stadia Store - including highlights such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Samurai Shodown. You can check out the titles on the following website.
Google wants to link the Stadia service particularly closely with the YouTube video platform. If you watch a streamer playing there, you should be able to start and try out the same game at the push of a button on YouTube thanks to Stadia.
Games stream in 4K and at 60 FPS
The gaming experience should convince with 4K resolution, 60 frames per second and High Dynamic Range (HDR). Stadia's graphics performance even surpasses that of consoles like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
Of course, the graphic quality and the fluency of the display depend on your internet connection. You should at least have an internet speed of 10 megabits per second to be able to enjoy games in 720p resolution at 60 frames per second.
|Internet speed||resolution||HDR||5.1 surround||60 FPS|
|10 Mbit per second||720p||No||No||Yes|
|20 Mbit per second||1080p||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|35 Mbit per second||4K||Yes||Yes||Yes|
For Full HD resolution with HDR and 5.1 surround sound, Google recommends 20 megabits per second and for 4K resolution at 60 frames per second a constant 35 megabits per second should be given.
Measure internet speed for the game service
Not sure how fast your internet is? You can check this directly on Google on this Stadia website. But we also offer you an internet speed test on Netzwelt.
Google account, hardware and compatible smartphones
In addition to a sufficiently fast internet connection, you also need a Google account and hardware that runs Google Chrome. This can be an old PC or Mac. With Stadia, you can play on your smartphone, but you cannot use a cellular connection. These Android devices are officially compatible:
- Pixels 2, 2XL, 3, 3XL, 3a, 3a, XL, 4, 4XL
- 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
- Asus ROG Phone, Asus ROG Phone 2
- Razer Phone, Razer Phone 2
In the meantime, however, you should be able to use any Android smartphone that runs the Stadia app, Google announced. So it doesn't necessarily have to be one of the above models. Since the enhanced compatibility feature is still in development, it may not work perfectly.
"Stadia Pro" and "Stadia Base" subscription models
Now you probably want to know how much the service costs. You can currently test Google Stadia for one month for free and if you try the subscription, you will receive a discount of ten euros on your first game purchase in the Stadia Store. However, you must also have a valid payment method stored in your Google account for the free phase.
|Stadia Pro||Stadia Base|
|price||10 euros per month||Free|
|resolution||Up to 4K||Up to 1080p|
|Frame rate||60 FPS||60 FPS|
|Purchases of games||Yes||Yes|
|Regular free games||Yes||No|
|Exclusive game purchase offers||Yes||No|
At the end of the free month, you pay ten euros a month and your account is automatically charged to Google. however, you can cancel on a monthly basis.
To sign in to Google Stadia
Alternatively, you can also use the free Stadia Base access, but you will then enjoy fewer advantages, as you can see in the table above.
Google also offers you the Stadia Premiere Edition. This package for 100 euros includes a Stadia controller and the Google Chromecast Ultra streaming device, which you can use to use Stadia on your flat screen TV. However, this bundle no longer offers you three-month access to Stadia Pro as it did when it was launched.
Controller for Google Stadia
You connect the specially developed Stadia controller (in the gallery above) to the Stadia via WiFi. Obviously, you don't have to "pair" the device with hardware again and again if you quickly switch between platforms when using Stadia.
You can use the controller, which costs 69 euros separately, to record gameplay and there is also a built-in button for the Google Assistant voice assistant. For example, you can use this function to ask for tutorials for a puzzle while the game is running.
You can use up to four Stadia controllers with one account, as long as the local multiplayer mode of the title allows it.
If you want to use Stadia on TV, you also have to use the Stadia controller. If, on the other hand, you play in the Chrome browser or on Android smartphones, you have a larger selection. Also have a look at the following table.
|Controller||On TV with Chromecast Ultra||Google Chrome (from version 77)||Supported smartphones with Android 10 or newer|
|Stadia controller||yes, via WiFi||USB and WiFi||USB|
|Keyboard and mouse||No||USB and bluetooth||No|
|PS4 controller||No||USB and bluetooth||USB and bluetooth|
|Xbox One controller||No||USB and bluetooth||USB and bluetooth|
|Xbox One Elite Controller||No||USB||USB|
|Xbox Adaptive Controller||No||USB and bluetooth||USB and bluetooth|
|Xbox 360 controller||No||USB||USB|
|Switch Pro Controller||No||USB and bluetooth||No|
As you can see, you can also use console gamepads. We'll tell you how to connect a PS4 controller or an Xbox One controller to a PC.
Perhaps you have already had the idea of using Stadia with offers such as Stream On or the Gaming Pass - after all, you can save data volume thanks to these services. However, Google Stadia is not included with Stream On or the Gaming Pass.
Should you have problems with Google Stadia
Should the service fail or the login does not work as usual, you can keep up to date on any failures on our fault overview for Google Stadia. But maybe one of our suggested solutions will help if you have problems with the service.
Crazy gaming controllers
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Google Stadia - Specs: The technical data at a glance
The following table shows you the most important technical data for the "Google Stadia".
|Platforms||PC, Mac, smartphone (Android), TV|
|price per month||10 Euro|
|acquisition cost||No, optionally the Stadia Premiere Edition|
|Free access||✔ Yes|
|Free trial period||✔ Yes|
|Games included in the subscription||✔ Yes|
|Own games can be integrated||✘ No.|
|Minimum bandwidth||10 Mbit / s|
|Maximum streaming quality||4K, 60 FPS, HDR, 5.1 Surround|
|Stream On||✘ No.|
|Vodafone Gaming Pass||✘ No.|
|Can be canceled monthly||✔ Yes|
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