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8 Things You Need for Google Stadia Gaming

Google Stadia just expanded its compatibility to 18 more phones. If you've been waiting to give Stadia cloud gaming a test drive, now's your chance.

Here are the Stadia gaming requirements you'll need:

1: Compatible device

As of this posting, Google Stadia gaming is available for Pixel phones, 18 Samsung phones, Asus ROG Phone, ROG Phone II, Razer Phone and Razer Phone II. Compatible Chrome tablets include the Pixel Slate, Acer Chromebook Tab 10, and HP Chromebook X2. To play on your PC, you'll need the Chrome browser.

Important: In order to play in 4K, you'll need a 4K TV with a minimum 20 Mbps wireless connection and HDMI port, Chromecast Ultra, and an active Stadia Pro subscription. 5.1 surround sound is available to Pro members only.

Array of electronic devices and a Google Stadia controller displaying a screenshot of the video game "Destiny 2"

2: Stadia access code

Gamers who have purchased the Founder's Edition or Premiere Edition received an access code that must be entered before Stadia is activated. A free version is apparently "coming soon" to mobile devices outside Pixel phones, as well. When you purchase the Premiere Edition, Google will ship you a Stadia controller, Chromecast Ultra, and an access code.

Note: Stadia Premiere Edition comes with three months of Pro subscription access. After that, it costs $10/mo.

3: Google account

You will need a Google account to use Stadia. When you download the app, you will be asked to select which account you want to use, but choose carefully, as you can't change it later.

4: Wi-Fi connection and/or Chromecast Ultra

Chart of recommended Stadia internet speeds from 5 Mbps to 35 Mbps in increments of 5 Mbps. The recommended minimum is 10 Mbps, 720p, and 60 FPS stereo, the medium recommended is 20 Mbps, 1080p, HDR video, 60fps, and 5.1 Surround, and the best recommended is 35 Mbps, 4K, 1080p, HDR video, 60fps, and 5.1 Surround

According to Google, you will need a minimum internet connection speed of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) and network speed of 35 Mbps to use Stadia. Anything lower and the game will skip or stop.

This probably won't be an issue if you're playing at home with a decent connection but you'll need to consider this if you hope to play at a coffee shop, on public transportation, etc.

5: Compatible controller

SteelSeries Stratus Duo mobile game controller next to mobile phone with Fortnite title screen on its display

Those who purchased the Stadia Premiere Edition will receive a Stadia controller, and additional controllers are available for $69.

Google's Stadia controllers have to be wired for PC, laptop, and mobile play, though it works wirelessly on the TV via Chromecast Ultra. The company is working on a way for the controller to connect to mobile and computer devices over Wi-Fi, but for now, you'll have to plug it in.

If wires aren't your thing, check out the SteelSeries Stratus Duo controller - it works with Stadia over Wi-Fi or Bluetooh, and costs $10 less than the Stadia controller. With the flick of a button, swap between 2.4GHz wireless for Windows and Steam, and Bluetooth wireless for mobile on Android, Oculus Go, and Samsung Gear VR. There's no software to download and the 20+ hour batteries are rechargeable, so you can always be ready to play on the go.

The Stratus Duo wireless gaming controller works with any Android or Windows device - just pair and play on Windows, Android, Oculus Go, and Samsung Gear VR via Bluetooth or the USB Wireless Adapter.

Note: Google Stadia can only be played on a TV using an official Stadia controller.

6: Mobile phone + controller stand

Hands playing a mobile phone game with a controller, connected by a SteelSeries SmartGrip accessory with text "SteelSeries SmartGrip sold separately"

Here's a fun tip - strangers on the subway don't appreciate it when you balance your phone on the back of their hoodie or on their baby's head. One of the greatest selling points of Goodle Stadia gaming was that you could take any of your favorite console games wherever you want - but how do you intend to hold a controller and the phone?

Try the SteelSeries SmartGrip - it's compatible with most phones between 4 – 6.5”, fully adjustable, and features protective rubber grips to prevent scratching. Plus, it holds both the phone and your SteelSeries controller so you can concentrate on winning, not fumbling around.

Out of all the Stadia gaming requirements, this one might be the most important for mobile players!

7: Wireless headphones

Man sitting on a bench wearing SteelSeries headphones playing a mobile game using a SteelSeries controller and SmartGrip accessory

There's no point in playing your favorite games on the go without sound, especially if you're playing a competitive title. Stadia gaming allows you play console games with rich audio and soundtracks on your phone, so you need wireless headphones that can deliver the full experience.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth gaming headphones are lightweight, comfortable, and best of all - sound amazing. In addition to your mobile gaming fix, Arctis 3 works seamlessly with PC, consoles, and even VR. Enjoy simultaneous wired audio for gaming and wireless Bluetooth audio from your mobile device, so you can take calls, listen to music, etc.

Update: The Stadia controller now also supports USB-C audio, so the Arctis 1 Wireless headset is our top choice for wireless audio on Stadia. The Arctis 7X Wireless and 7P Wireless are also compatible for a more high-end experience.

8: Patience

Stadia just launched in late 2019 and while critics agree on the platform's potential, Google still has a way to go before they can deliver on all their promises. As with any new launch, there are plenty of kinks to work out - so if you're trying Stadia gaming for the first time, try to keep that in mind and have fun!

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