The need for speed.
Google Stadia requires an internet connection of 25Mbps — megabits per second — or faster, Google Stadia head Phil Harrison has confirmed.
“To get 1080p, 60 frames per second, required approximately 25 megabits per second,” Harrison told Kotaku, citing the testing done as part of Project Stream with Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey late last year. “In fact, we use less than that, but that’s where we put our recommended limit at.”
Harrison says Stadia technology has improved since then, thanks to refinements in both streaming and compression technology.
“When we launch, we will be able to get to 4K but only raise that bandwidth to about 30 megabits per second,” Harrison asserted, though he didn’t specify the frame rate that 30Mbps will be able to send through.
That target internet connection is about 10Mbps more than my rusty ol’ ADSL2+ connection is capable of — and with no NBN in sight, I’m starting to see why Google Stadia isn’t including Australia as a launch region.