Xbox vs Google Stadia: Bad News as slow broadband already puts them at huge disadvantage (Pic: Xbox – Google)

Google Vs Xbox xCloud. That's one way next-gen is being positioned. If you're taking Sony and Nintendo out the equation and looking soley at a cloud based future that is.

But according to new research by Broadband Genie in collaboration with leading games website, Eurogamer, it appears as though slow broadband is set to prevent many gamers from taking full advantage of the new Google Stadia game streaming service.

In a survey of more than 3,000 gamers, with some help from Eurogamer readers, 83% of respondents expressed some level of interest in Google Stadia.

However almost a quarter (22%) are currently using ADSL or mobile connections that will only support lower quality visuals and may struggle to reach the minimum bandwidth requirements for the service.

As a result these gamers most likely wont be able to fully enjoy Google Stadia unless they upgrade their broadband.

But even if they move to fibre, the performance could still pale in comparison to playing on a traditional games console sat under your telly.

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Google Stadia streams games over the internet and requires a fast connection to deliver latency and visual quality similar to home gaming hardware.

For 4K gaming, Google says broadband speeds of 35Mbps will be required, and for 1080p it will need a download speed around 25Mbps.

This means that to provide an experience approximating a dedicated home console or PC, gamers will need at least an entry-level fibre optic broadband connection.

However, of the survey respondents who carried out a speed test on their home connection almost a third (29%) failed to reach the 35Mbps required for 4K gaming, and 17% reported speeds under 20Mbps.

Of those who said they were not interested in Stadia, 34% cited their broadband speed as the reason.

Even among those who are interested, 26% think their broadband will be too slow, and 71% are concerned that performance and visual quality will be compromised.

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