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Google Stadia vs. Xbox One X resolution and frame rate comparison

Stadia controller
Stadia controller (Image credit: Android Central)

Google Stadia is a cloud game streaming service that promises a 10.7 teraflops (tflops) gaming console you can access on your 4K display or your smartphone. Ever since the service launched, many users have compared the visuals Stadia offers with those of the Xbox One X. Unlike the upcoming Xbox Series X which is rumored to feature 12 tflops of performance, the Xbox One X only has 6 tflops. On paper, Stadia games should look much better than what Xbox One X offers, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

We compared a number of Xbox One X Enhanced games with those available on Stadia to see what the differences were. When there were doubts about image quality or frame rate (FPS), we referenced Digital Foundry's analyses. You can take a look at the chart below that breaks down the resolution and frame rate of games available on both platforms.

GameXbox One X resolutionXbox One X frame rateStadia resolutionStadia frame rateNotes
Assassin's Creed OdysseyDynamic 4K30 FPS4K30 FPSStadia may employ dynamic resolution
Attack on Titan 24K30 FPS4K30 FPS-
Borderlands 31080p or 1800p60 FPS or 30 FPS4K30 FPSStadia may render at 1800p
Destiny 24K30 FPS1080p60 FPS-
Final Fantasy XV1080p or Dynamic 4K60 FPS or 30 FPS1080p30 FPS-
Ghost Recon Breakpoint1152p or 1800p30 FPS4K30 FPSStadia may employ dynamic resolution
Kine4K60 FPS4K60 FPS-
Metro Exodus4K30 FPS4K30 FPS-
Mortal Kombat 111800p60 FPS4K60 FPSStadia may render at 1800p
Rage 21080p60 FPS1080p60 FPS-
Red Dead Redemption 24K30 FPS1440p30 FPS-
Rise of the Tomb Raider1080p or 4K60 FPS or 30 FPS1080p or 4K60 FPS or 30 FPS-
Shadow of the Tomb Raider1080p or Dynamic 4K60 FPS or 30 FPS1080p or 4K60 FPS or 30 FPS-
Thumper4K60 FPS4K60 FPS-
Trials Rising4K60 FPS4K60 FPS-
Wolfenstein: YoungbloodDynamic 4K or 4K60 FPS or 30 FPS4K60 FPSStadia may employ dynamic resolution

The Xbox One X and Stadia were connected to the same Sony 4K TV and used the exact same Game Mode settings. Stadia was played on a 330 Mbps connection with an ethernet cable attached to the Chromecast Ultra. Some games like Red Dead Redemption 2 render at 60 FPS when played on a laptop or smartphone at 720p or 1080p.

Overall, I would say that Stadia and Xbox One X offer similar picture quality. However, Stadia, in general, appears a little softer because it's a compressed video stream being beamed to your 4K display. This is why it was difficult to determine the exact resolution Stadia was rendering select games like Mortal Kombat 11 or Wolfenstein: Youngblood at.

Some of the biggest surprises were Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XV, and Red Dead Redemption 2. All of these games look decidedly blurry when compared to the Xbox One X versions. However, Destiny 2 renders at 60 FPS, so which platform you want to play on is your decision. Do you want better picture quality or frame rate? Final Fantasy XV and Red Dead Redemption 2 seem to be suffering from a lack of optimization for Stadia.

2 Comments
  • Is it honestly a surprise that streaming compared to local is worse? The numbers alone can not describe the difference to someone, in my opinion.
  • Playing grid is an awefull experience on stadia, I've tried it but it may be too early to be reliable.
    I'll be cancelling my subs soon