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How much data does Google Stadia spend per minute?

Google Stadia has been available for a few days to those who pre-purchased their launch packages. However, in his first days of life, has received very bad critics. Right now, Google Stadia is unplayable (it looks like a beta) and it is certainly not the revolution that the video game industry expected. It has lag problems, it overheats the Chromecast, it doesn't run the games to the highest quality, among many other bugs.

One of Stadia's problems that most affects users is the high data consumption of the service. According to Google, Stadia can consume between 4.5 GB and 20 GB of data per hour. But those of Mountain View have not been entirely honest regarding their streaming video game service, so here we tell you how much is Stadia's actual data consumption per game hour. You will be surprised!

This is the true data consumption of Google Stadia

data consumption rdr2 in google stadia

In theory, at the maximum possible resolution (4K) Google Stadia should consume approximately 20 GB of data per game hour. Unfortunately, at the moment Stadia cannot play any game in 4K, so we could not confirm that information. However, at the maximum resolution that Stadia can reproduce right now (1080p) data consumption is already alarming.

The VentureBeat portal has performed a test to see Stadia data consumption when playing quickly Red Dead Redemption II in 1080p and 60 FPS. The results were the following:

  • Data used when playing for 13 minutes: 1.55 GB
  • Data per minute: 119 MB
  • Estimated data per hour: 7.14 GB

red dead redemption ii google stadia

That means that, in 4K and 60 FPS, Stadia can consume much more than 20 GB per hour. We must consider that the story of Red Dead Redemption II normally takes about 47 hours to spend, which means that in Stadia we will have to spend about 355 GB to complete this game in 1080p. This does not include all the hours we can spend playing online.

On PC, the Rockstar Games game only weighs 150 GB. So, If data consumption worries you, Google Stadia is not the service for you. Save much more data by downloading the games and enjoying them on your PC or console.

I play 1 hour every day, how much data will you consume per month with Stadia?

Based on the data presented above, playing one hour a day for 30 days with Google Stada will result in a 215 GB data consumption. That playing in 1080p and 60 FPS. If we extrapolate it to a quality of 4K and 60 FPS, the monthly data consumption with Stadia may be up to 860 GB.

For that and many other reasons, Google Stadia is not the service that gamers want. Despite that, it is a breakthrough and we assume that it is the way to go.

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