Stadia Can Now Stream Directly to YouTube

Posted on December 8, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Google Stadia with 6 Comments

When Google announced Stadia over one year ago, it promised that the game streaming service would one day allow direct streaming to YouTube, a key integration and benefit of the Google ecosystem. That day has arrived.

At least it is according to 9to5Google, which first noticed that this feature has been added to Stadia’s Live streaming options pane, alongside the previous method, which lets you use third-party software to stream to YouTube and other services. The news was confirmed by other tech blogs, but when I checked Stadia this morning, I saw only that the feature was “Coming soon.”

Since I can’t get into the interface yet, I’ll need to rely on others to explain what’s available. 9to5Google says that the direct-to-YouTube streaming options lets you choose between various audio capture settings (game audio, your voice, and in-game chat; game audio and your voice only; and so on), and it will display the viewer count onscreen while you’re playing. You still need a second device to access YouTube chat during the game.

Google hasn’t officially confirmed the update, but the firm told The Verge that the feature is arriving for all Stadia users sometime today, December 8. I assume you need a paid Stadia Pro subscription to use this, just as you do to access 4K gameplay.

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7 responses to “Stadia Can Now Stream Directly to YouTube”

  1. Daekar

    I think this is neat, but I also think that my inability to understand why game streaming is so popular is a sign that I am getting old... Like so many things in the last 30 years, I just don't get the appeal.


    Don't get me wrong, there are some games that I have enjoyed watching recorded streams of, but only to decide whether to buy a title, gather information for my own playthrough or to see what a mod looks like. I can't fathom making it a daily thing or subscribing to a streamer's channel.


    True confession, but I did love Totalbiscuit and occasionally Jim Sterling. It's popular to hate on both, but they scratched my itch for irreverence and bluntness.

  2. jrzoomer

    This is great. The natural evolution and future of gaming is doing all this in the cloud backend.


    Taking a console and using HDMI capture cards (or devices) and encoding video on the PC to upload will look so ancient

  3. mefree

    Stadia? What's that? :-)

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