Google Stadia and PlayStation 4 Pro seem to be on opposite ends of the gaming spectrum. One is meant to provide a gaming experience that can be taken anywhere at any time and be accessible to almost anyone, while the other provides a higher barrier of entry and is meant for more serious gaming individuals. They can coexist beside one another, but there are a few areas that make PlayStation 4 Pro better at this point in its life.
PlayStation 4 Pro is only as powerful as its internal specs, so which games run at 4K and 60FPS depend on how well the developers optimize them. Only certain games are PS4 Pro enhanced to take advantage of its power, and even then sometimes games meant to run at 60FPS will dip far below that. PS4 Pro can run at 1080p 30FPS very reliably, while some enhanced games offer players the choice between 4K at 30FPS and 1080p at 60FPS without much hassle. Input lag is also something that you’ll almost never have to worry about.
No matter how well developers optimize their games for Stadia, your performance will wildly vary depending on your internet connection. Do you ever try to watch Netflix only for it to buffer? That’s because it’s being streamed to you over the internet, and the same thing could potentially happen to your games being streamed over Stadia. Ideally, because of proper testing and Google‘s Data Centers, this issue shouldn’t happen and your games should run smoothly with little to no input lag. The company itself says it won’t be an issue.
While Stadia is capable of streaming games at 4K resolution, you’ll only get that if you pay for its $10/month Stadia Pro service. Stadia Base will only provide up to 1080p streams. A 35 Mbps connection is recommended for 4K gaming on Stadia. For a 1080p stream, you’ll only need around 20 Mbps. Should our internet speeds not even reach that, you’ll need at least 10 Mbps to hit 720p.