From the start, Google Stadia and YouTube were meant to work together – thanks to the magic of cloud computing, you could click on a YouTube ad to instantly start playing a game, YouTubers could invite their viewers to instantly join their game, and – perhaps most importantly – creators could instantly and effortlessly stream their Stadia games to YouTube live with just the push of a button on the controller.
Neither of those things happened when Stadia launched last November, but the most important will apparently happen tomorrow: Every Stadia user will be able to live stream directly to YouTube starting tomorrow, a representative confirms. The edge.
This afternoon, 9to5Google We noticed that the feature seemed to be rolling out and we also spotted the ability to link a YouTube account in our Stadia accounts, but not yet the ability to stream. Guess we’ll try this tomorrow.
According to 9to5Google, you will still need to give your feed a title and change a few settings, for example if your feed is suitable for children (to comply with child protection rules). It’s also not clear if you’ll still be able to stream in 4K, as Stadia originally promised. You’ll likely also need a $ 9.99 per month Stadia Pro subscription for this, as you do for 4K gaming.
The feature couldn’t come at a more important time for Stadia: the service’s most important game to date, Cyberpunk 2077, arrives this week, at a time when next-gen consoles and the latest graphics cards for building your own powerful PC are incredibly difficult and expensive to buy. This is the biggest test for Stadia to date, and the company is banking on: buy Cyberpunk on the service comes with a full set of free Stadia hardware for a limited time – much like the set it offered free to YouTube Premium subscribers.
People streaming Cyberpunk 2077 from Stadia to YouTube could be Google’s biggest opportunity to prove what its service can do.