Stadia on the web gets a new level of low data usage performance
The use of data that you use when playing games on Stadiums is by no means a small amount. Especially if you play games in 4K.
Now you won’t get the 4K option on mobile devices as it caps up to 1080p on mobile. But on the web, Stadia can go up to 4K resolution. The only problem is that it can absorb up to 20GB of data per hour of reading.
This isn’t exactly ideal if you have a home internet plan with a data cap. Or a plan that has a throttle cap. Google’s response to this problem is to reduce Stadia data usage by adding a new level of performance labeled as “optimized for mobile”.
Stadia data usage halved with new mobile-optimized tier
Google adds a new level of performance to Stadiums on the web, labeled “optimized for mobile,” and it’s designed to save you a bit of money on data usage. The new feature has been officially announced by google this morning.
If you’re playing games through Stadia on the web, you should see the option in your performance tab under settings. Choosing this tier will cut data usage of the standard 720p tier almost in half. As it goes from around 4.5 GB per hour to just 2.7 GB.
That’s a pretty noticeable decrease, and it translates to more playing time. That being said, if you have a data plan for your home internet that has no limits, it probably doesn’t matter.
And that’s okay because Google probably didn’t intend this feature to be for these users. Where this will really make a difference is actually on mobile. Although this is not a feature that you will find on Android. At least not yet.
The mobile optimized level is designed for iOS users
According to Google, it looks like this new level is designed for users on iOS. The reason it’s available on the web and not Android is the way iOS users need to access Stadia.
To stream games, they use the Stadia web app. Which did not have to be installed from the App Store. That doesn’t mean it will never be an option for Android users. But Google has not officially mentioned Android in parity with this feature.