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What you need to know

  • Google Stadia is gaining a new experimental feature on July 28th.
  • The feature allows you to stream games over mobile data.
  • Google says this isn't meant to be stable, and will work over 4G or 5G networks.

Many users have questioned what it means for Stadia to be a living service with a constant stream of updates, and today we're getting a great example of what that means. Starting today, the Android version of the Stadia app will include an experimental feature which allows you to stream over 4G or 5G networks.

From the Google Stadia Blog:

If you'd like to be part of this Experiment, you can opt in to cellular play by opening the Stadia app on an Android phone, clicking on your avatar in the top right corner, selecting Experiments, and then choosing Use Mobile Data. We'll have more opt-in programs in the future as we bring even more helpful features to Stadia.

The app update is rolling out now, but be warned the word experimental is deeply serious here. If the connection to your mobile network isn't great, Stadia won't allow a stream to start. If you're in a moving vehicle, there's a good chance Stadia will not work. This is only really going to be enjoyable if you have a strong 4G/5G connection and you're seated somewhere comfortable.

Grab a chair, play some games, and tell us how it works out for you in the comments.

Everything you need

Stadia: Premiere Edition

A good way to start

This bundle includes everything you need to get started with Stadia. It includes the controller, Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2, Samurai Shodown, and three months of the Stadia Pro subscription for you and a friend. It's a great way to begin your game streaming journey.

Pick up the parts

Chromecast Ultra

High-quality streaming

You can buy everything together or you can get just the basics for Stadia. The Chromecast Ultra is available to purchase now and lets you stream 4K TV as well as play games.

All you need

Stadia Controller

A firm grip on what's needed

The Stadia Controller is all you need to use Stadia if you already have the Chromecast Ultra. You can also use it on your other devices. Get the Wasabi colored one, it's gorgeous.

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