Google outlined the plans for its game streaming service Stadia yesterday. For $ 9.99 a month (plus the cost of games), you can stream games in 4KB from Google's servers. Here's the harsh reality: 1
Stadia reaches your data limit so quickly
According to Google, Stadia's 4K quality stream consumes 15.75 GB per hour. But, as Jarred Walton points out on PC Gamer, it means Stadia breaks through 1 TB of data in 65 hours. That's 16 hours of 4K gaming a week.
Let's set aside 4K. 1080p quality requires 9 GB per hour. That's 111 hours of stadia streaming for 1 TB of data. With 1080p you can play 28 hours a week.
This sounds like a pretty solid amount of games, but remember, you probably do other things with your internet connection!
Let's say you're currently using 500 GB per month For surfing the Internet, streaming 4K video, and other Internet activities, you can only enjoy 32.5 hours of 4K streaming or 55.5 hours of 1080p. That's 8 hours of 4K gaming per week or 14 hours of 1080p gaming.
In addition to the 35Mbps Internet connection required for 4K, you'll need a lot of bandwidth.
Prepare for additional data usage fees.
With a monthly price of $ 10, Stadia does not seem like a bad deal. After all, Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold and Sony's PlayStation Plus cost you $ 5 per month in addition to the cost of a console if you pay annually.
But Data Restrictions This will cause serious problems for Google, or rather, for eager Stadia customers who are quickly affected by high overpayments.
For example, the vast majority of Comcast's home Internet connections have an upper data limit of 1TB or "Terabyte Internet Data" usage plan, as Comcast calls it. This applies regardless of whether you have the lowest speed or pay extra for Gigabit Internet.
Comcast calculates additional data and automatically charges $ 10 for every additional 50 GB. However, Comcast is very nice on the whole:
However, your fees will not exceed $ 200 per month, regardless of how much you spend. We also offer you two free months so that you will not be charged for the first two months when you exceed one terabyte. This data plan is based on a principle of fairness.
Good, thanks, Comcast.
It does not look quite as bad as this quote: With Comcast you can pay $ 50 per month for unlimited data. But that makes Stadia even more expensive.
How widespread are data restrictions?
Comcast is by no means the only Internet service provider with a data restriction. Broadband Now has a list of US ISPs with data restrictions . The list includes some smaller ISPs, but also some larger ones – Comcast's AT & T Internet, CenturyLink, Cox Communications, and XFINITY. All limit subscribers to 1TB. Most Internet service providers tend to offer uncapped Internet connections in some regions.
This is not a problem just for the US. Google is starting Stadia in 14 countries: the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
In Canada, for example, data limits are often worse than in the US. While Comcast offers at least 1TB with its cheaper Internet connections, the large Canadian ISP Telus offers internet connections with data volumes between 200GB and 1TB. Like Comcast, Telus charges $ 10 for every additional 50GB. Unlike Comcast, the cap is $ 45 a month instead of $ 200.
Fortunately, other countries are not as bad as Canada, a country that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings once called "the misfortune of being" has the lowest Internet ceiling … in the Netflix world. "
In the other starting countries of stadium data ceilings for the home Internet do not seem to be so widespread. While Google's home base is here in North America, Stadia is likely to suit Europe better than the US and Canada.
Down with the data limits
This is not an indictment of Stadia. Stadia is a cool service, and whether you want to use it or not, it's amazing that we can stream games in 4K like this with minimal latency over the Internet.
Instead, this is another indication that these data caps are bad and must be removed or at least raised. In a world of 4K video streaming services and Wi-Fi security cameras, over 400GB of data per month – per camera! – can handle these data caps the technology back.
With the exception of your ISP's data cap, everything online gets bigger and bigger. Add Google's Stadia and future games streaming services like Microsoft's xCloud to the list. There will have to be something – and hopefully it will be the data restrictions.
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