Bandwidth, data usage, and stream quality

Bandwidth requirements

An internet connection speed of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) or greater is the minimum recommended to use Stadia. A slower network speed can cause issues while playing games on Stadia.

To play in 4K resolution, you'll need an active Stadia Pro subscription, a network speed of 35 Mbps or greater, a 4K TV with Chromecast Ultra, or a Windows computer or Chromebook with VP9 hardware decoding and a 4K monitor.

VP9 hardware decoding

If you aren't sure whether your computer supports VP9 hardware decoding:

  1. In your Google Chrome address bar, type chrome://gpu and press Enter.
  2. Scroll down to "Video Acceleration Information."
  3. If you see "Decode VP9", your computer supports VP9 hardware decoding.

Check your connection

Even if you’ve signed up for an internet plan of 10 Mbps or greater, we recommend testing your connection on the device you’ll use in the location where you want to play.

If your connection speed is slower than 10 Mbps or your home experiences an unstable internet connection, you may want to contact your internet service provider (ISP).

Note: We do not support playing Stadia on cellular internet connections.

Data usage options

Options

Resolution

Data usage

Limited data usage

Up to 720p

Up to 4.5 GB/hr

Balanced

Up to 1080p

Up to 12.6 GB/hr

Best visual quality (Stadia Pro only)

Up to 4K

Up to 20 GB/hr

 

To update your data usage options:

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. In the top right, tap your avatar.
  3. Tap Data usage & performance.

Note: You can only change these settings in the Stadia mobile app, but they will apply everywhere you’re signed in to Stadia.

Stadia Pro display and audio

With Stadia Pro, 5.1 surround sound, 4K resolution, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) graphics are enabled by default to make your games look and sound even better. This means that HDR and Best visual quality settings are toggled on automatically for Stadia Pro subscribers. This can be changed in Stadia settings.

These features are only available during gameplay. When enabled, the icons for each feature in use will be visible on Chromecast Ultra or on your computer. Just press the Stadia button Stadia button on your Stadia Controller or Shift + Tab on your computer keyboard while playing a game, then select Connection on the Stadia menu.

Stadia Pro display and audio

5.1 icon

5.1 surround sound

4k icon

4K

HDR icon

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Note: 4K, HDR, and 5.1 surround sound require compatible hardware and network speeds.

Stream quality

Your connection status helps you understand the quality of the stream, based on internet connectivity and the data usage settings that you select. To see your connection status, press the Stadia button Stadia button on your Stadia Controller while playing a game, then select Connection on the Stadia menu.

The connection statuses you may encounter include:

Connection status

What it means

Good connection icon

Excellent

Your internet connection is strong and games should run smoothly. Stadia Pro subscribers who play on a 4K TV with Chromecast Ultra, or a computer capable of VP9 hardware decoding, may experience up to 4K gameplay for supported games.

Fair connection icon

Fair

Your internet connection may have less than ideal bandwidth, or may be experiencing network congestion. You may or may not notice a slight drop in resolution or framerate. See troubleshooting steps to improve your connection.

Bad connection. Game may stop.

Game might stop

Your internet connection may have low bandwidth or is experiencing significant network congestion. Gameplay is degraded and games may stop. See troubleshooting steps to improve your connection.

Improving your connection and troubleshooting

If you are experiencing slow game responses, degraded visual quality, or disconnects, there may be a problem with network congestion. Try these steps:

Turn off 4K

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. In the top right, tap your avatar and then Data usage & performance.
  3. Tap Balanced or Limited data usage.

Turn off High Dynamic Range

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. In the top right, tap your avatar and then Display.
  3. Turn off High Dynamic Range (HDR).

Learn more about how to troubleshoot connection and stream quality issues.

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