Is Stadia more powerful than the PS5?

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Best answer: Yes and no. On paper, Google Stadia technically has more GPU power in terms of teraflops. In practice, though, Sony's PS5 bests it in nearly every other category, delivering stunning pictures and performance directly from the console.

What is Google Stadia?

Stadia is Google's game streaming service, available through free and premium memberships. Games are bought à la carte and are not included in the price of a subscription, though Pro members will receive a couple of free games to redeem every month.

PS5 vs Google Stadia server specs

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Header Cell - Column 0 PS5Google Stadia server
GPU10.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz Custom RDNA 210.7 TFLOPS, 56 CUs Custom AMD
CPU8x Cores @ 3.5GHz Custom Zen 22.7GHz Custom x86 processor
Memory16GB GDDR616GB
Memory bandwidth448GB/s484GB/s
ResolutionTarget 4K, up to 8KVaries by internet connection (up to 8K)
Frame rateTarget 60FPS, up to 120FPSVaries by internet connection (up to 120FPS)
HDRYesYes (Stadia Pro)

Because Google Stadia's performance depends on your internet connection, your input lag, frame rate, and resolution of streamed games will vary. Google recommends a connection of 10Mbps minimum to reach 720p resolution. At 20Mbps you should be getting 1080p, and at 35Mpbs you should get 4K video — though 4K streaming is only available to Stadia Pro members for $10/month.

Frame rate for Stadia right now targets 60FPS so matter your connection, but it won't always hit that mark, and can fall short.

What is a teraflop?

The age-old question that most people either don't know or don't care: What's a teraflop? FLOP is an acronym for floating point operations per second. In terms of gaming systems, it measures how fast and efficiently polygons can be rendered on-screen.

A teraflop is the equivalent of one trillion floating point operations per second, meaning the PS5 can perform 10.28 trillion floating point operations per second. Stadia's server can perform 10.7 trillion floating point operations per second. The difference of .5 teraflops generally won't make a big impact on your gaming experience when it comes to visuals and graphics.

Is the PS5 or Stadia more powerful?

There's no cut and dried answer here because one is a cloud service and another is a piece of physical hardware. Stadia has the ability to render more graphically-intense images, but that's about it. Even then, the resolution you view these images at is dictated by your internet connection. The PS5's more powerful CPU means it processes information and performs calculations at a higher rate per minute than Stadia, making it more efficient.

The PS5 will undoubtedly deliver a better user experience overall with more consistent performance.

Jennifer Locke
Games Editor - PlayStation, Android, VR

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.