We’ve had a lot of questions regarding Google Stadia, and with today’s reveal of some of the core specs and requirements, we now finally have some answers. But I’m focused on the streaming requirements, and specifically video bitrates:
Google says it can provide a steady 60fps 4K stream with a bitrate of 35Mbps. That’s the high end of the streaming requirements, while 1080p at 60fps drops the bandwidth to 20Mbps, and 720p 60fps requires just 10Mbps. That works out to around 15.75GB per hour of 4K streaming, 9GB per hour of 1080p, or 4.5GB per hour at 720p.
That’s about what we expected, though as with all streaming services, if you plan to use it a lot and don’t have an unlimited data plan, you’ll want to exercise caution. Even with a 1TB data plan (which is what I have from Comcast), that’s 65 hours of streaming per month at 4K. And that’s assuming I don’t do anything else on the internet. At 1080p60, it comes to 113 hours of streaming per month, assuming no other data usage.