The top Tier of Google Stadia’s games streaming package could gobble up more data than running Netflix in 4K HDR mode. Announced yesterday, Stadia will launch in November to a select few Founder’s Edition gamers willing to part with $129 to be the early adopters and bag there own Stadia gamertag ahead of the masses.
The Founder’s Edition package comes with a Chromecast Ultra, a limited edition Night Blue Stadia Controller, the complete Destiny 2 experience, and a three month Stadia Pro subscription for you and a buddy to enjoy. That top tier sub will only be available to the FE folk, and will also be the only level available until the Base tier is unlocked in 2020.
Google has confirmed that for the top 4K HDR, 60fps, 5.1 surround sound streaming experience you will need to have a consistent 35Mbps download connection. And at that peak rate you’re going to chew through your internet provider’s data cap (should you be unlucky enough to have one) rather quickly. At that speed you’ll be effectively downloading 15.75GB of temporary data every hour, though realistically Stadia's smart encoders are unlikely to be chowing down that hard.