Google Stadia's internet speed requirements are just the beginning

CNET | 6/6/2019 | Lori Grunin,
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Stadia's bandwidth requirements.

Google Stadia on Thursday unveiled its pricing and some of the video games you can play on its all-new service set to launch in 2020. The company also offered up some guidelines as to the types of network speed requirements it has for various qualities of gameplay: 10Mbps for 720/60fps stereo, roughly 20Mbps for 1080/60fps HDR with 5.1 surround audio, and 35Mbps for 4K/60fps HDR video with 5.1 surround.

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That's all well and good, but don't assume that meeting Google's internet speed requirements means you'll be able to play at the stated quality. They're the minimum, but not necessarily sufficient, conditions.

Google -- like many of the PC cloud-gaming services -- doesn't mention the other, more important issues that usually affect your experience as exemplified by Nadia Oxford's tweet: the network. If you're getting potato streaming, then local network congestion is what's mashing it.

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Think of it as being able to drive 75 mph on the highway, but then you hit the city and your speed unavoidably drops to an average of 25 mph. That number encompasses a lot of stop and go. While these services will test your network, and even in some cases include jitter and other types of network latency data in its calculations, like stop-and-go traffic it can bottleneck by surprise at any moment. And none of it even factors in a given device's connection stability.

In other words, even if you're getting 500Mbps with no latency when Google checks your network, at any point while you're playing, the entire...
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