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Even though Stadia hardware is more powerful than Xbox One X (modern Intel CPU on Stadia vs severely outdated AMD Jaguar CPU on XB1 X, 10.7 tflop GPU on Stadia vs 6 tflop GPU on XB1 X, 16 GB of 484 GB/s RAM on Stadia vs 12 GB of 326 GB/s RAM on XB1 X), it seems that several launch games on Stadia are running at lower resolutions than they run on Xbox One X.

  • With Destiny 2, it’s even more obvious that the game isn’t running at the highest settings. On a Chromecast Ultra, a “4K” stream looked closer to 1080p, and my colleague Tom Warren and I swore that the 1080p streams we were getting in the Chrome web browser looked more like 720p.

    Initially, Google told us that it was using the highest-resolution, highest-fidelity build of Destiny 2 available. But Bungie later confirmed that our eyes weren’t deceiving us. When streaming at 4K, we render at a native 1080p and then upsample and apply a variety of techniques to increase the overall quality of effect,” a Bungie rep said, adding that D2 runs at the PC equivalent of medium settingsThat explains why the Xbox One X build, which runs at a native 4K and with higher-res assets, looks so much better than Stadia.

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 18 November 2019