Google Stadia Stutter/Lag

Anathema

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I pre-ordered Google Stadia Founders Edition and fired it up not long after receiving it. Unfortunately I ultimately decided 6 months later to sell it and move on as I did not manage to get it to work as intended on a single occasion. The problem I had was not with lag or input delay nor was it with the visual quality. My problem was that every game, in every situation in every connection setup stuttered constantly and perpetually about once a second. It was pretty off-putting and frankly unplayable. I did a fair amount of research and intervention trying to rectify the issue of visual and audio stutter - trying both gigabit Ethernet and 5GHZ WiFi, with and without my gigabit Powerline Adapters i.e. connected directly to the router, connected on 4G and tried multiple cables. I switched up the connection options in the Stadia app - but it never once worked for me. My connection is generally around 70 Mbit and I stream 4K and use GeForce NOW without any issues. The visual quality of Stadia in 4K was excellent but the stutter just killed it. I couldn't really find anyone experiencing the same specific issue and I didn't manage to resolve the problem. I can play via the Chrome browser without the stutter just fine, but the Chromecast Ultra just did not want to play ball.

Has anyone else come across this problem? Do you share a similarity in setup?

What are your experiences with Google Stadia and do you play with a Chromecast Ultra or through another device? When I do now want to play Stadia I do it on my NVIDIA Shield TV via the Chrome browser.
 
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Anathema

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Since it's now possible to install the Stadia app on Android TV I resubscribed and decided to try again on my NVIDIA Shield. The stuttering issue persists which I guess rules out the Chromecast Ultra being the issue. It's truly confusing as no other service I use is affected. I will continue to try to work out where the weak link is.
 
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