Google Exec On Stadia’s Internet Speed Requirements
Written by Jonathan Dornbush –>. Since the Google Stadia reveal event earlier this month, we’ve learned both what Stadia’s specs are, as well as the internet requirements necessary for those players who enjoy Stadia.
We speaked with Google’s Phil Harrison about the Stadia announcement, I asked him about whether Google had any concerns about how many players could easily access Stadia given internet speed requirements and the wildly different speeds of internet available throughout the world.
He replied ’’We know that our internet bandwidth requirements won’t reach to everybody at day 1. There’s nothing I can promise that will change that. But we’’ll work hard to reduced the bandwidth required and increase the quality,’’
Harrison reiterated similar numbers that he has mentioned before about Stadia internet speed requirements, specifically telling me that players will ‘’roughly’’ need 30 Mbps internet speed for 4K/60 frames per second streaming, while 1080p streaming will require ‘’significantly less than that.
These speeds may not be easily accessible for most parts of the world, but as Mr.Harrison mentioned that Google is endeavoring to continue bringing down those requirements and is aiming to support varying levels of bandwidth.
‘’We’re making significant investments in the data center, software, hardware and services that encode the video that comes out of our data centers. We can use variety of resolutions depending on the bandwidth to run games coming into your home,’’
There is no doubt that availability of internet and the speed of internet can vary wildly by location and provider, but Google has in investing in its own internet capabilities with Google Fiber in recent years.
I asked Harrison if might be a concerted effort for Stadia to keep proliferating Google Fiber’s reach, and he pointed to the backend fiber connections powering Google’s data centers as the main impact on users who want to access Stadia.
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‘’It’s another type of Google fiber that is helping all players, which is the fiber we have connecting all of our data centers together, the backbone that Google has, hundreds of thousands of miles of cable, many of them go underseas and across many continents. That thing is impacting the play experience positively for everybody,’’
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