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Google Stadia: How Fast Does Your Internet Connection Need To Be?

Check your speed before you stream.

Google has announced its launch plans for its ambitious cloud-streaming service, Stadia, just days before E3 2019. As a streaming-only game platform, you'll need to meet a certain threshold of Internet speed to use it. As pre-orders have now opened, you may be wondering if your connection fits the bill.

Google stated that users will need at least a 25 Mbps connection to reliably stream games at 1080p and 60fps, and a 30 Mbps connection for 4K resolution at the same framerate. Now that the company has outlined its model plans, we know how that matches up with its different purchase options. 4K resolution is available only with the Stadia Pro service for a fee, while 1080p can be achieved with Stadia Base for free (with a la carte game purchases).

In November, Google will launch the Stadia Founder's Edition, which includes three months of Stadia Pro, a second sample of Pro for a friend, a Chromecast Ultra, and a Stadia controller. Stadia Pro appears to only be available with the Founder's Edition in November.

Pre-order Stadia Founder's Edition now »

As it happens, Google has its own Internet speed test that you use to check your speed, and your Internet service provider might have its own as well. The Founder's Edition costs $130, so you'll want to be sure your connection is up to snuff before you place your pre-order.

For more on all of the reveals from Google's Stadia Connect, check out our full recap of the event.

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