First Look at Google Stadia on the LG CX OLED TV

There’s nothing more frustrating than opening a new game, only to find that it doesn’t work. This was the case – at first – when I installed Google’s Stadia cloud gaming app on my 2020 LG CX OLED TV.

Connecting the news, as we say in business, is that Stadia has spread to more and more devices. It is now natively available on LG TVs running webOS 5.0 or the latest version of webOS 6.0. You don’t need a Chromecast. You don’t need to run more wires or ethernet cable. Simply download the app from the LG Content Store, then launch it.

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The really exciting part about all of this is that you can play Stadia games without having to download gigabytes of data before you can do anything at all. There are no updates for the operating system. There are no game updates. Just connect your Google account to Stadia, connect a console of some sort to Stadia, and it just works. It’s really unbelievable and would likely make a non-gamer like me spend a few hours shooting things. (I’m told there are games that don’t involve shooting, sword, dragons or anything – but why play them?) LG TVs are especially exciting for video games thanks to their 120Hz refresh rate. Will you be able to play Stadia games locally? It’s the icing on an already sweet cake.

So I installed. I am in touch. And I, the exhausted journalist, wasn’t surprised to see an unplayable lag at first. These things happen of course, and it’s all part of testing things out.

To this limit Google Stadia On LG TV…not great. I think I’ll try ethernet and see if that helps. pic.twitter.com/54VIPRy2I7

And[مدش]. Phil (Velnikinson) December 8, 2021

Did you turn it off and on?

Maybe it was my wireless network. Don’t mind the fact that I have Wi-Fi 6, and the TV itself handles Wi-Fi 5 – both are capable of streaming Stadia games. (And that’s before I get anywhere near a Stadia Pro subscription, which gives you 4K resolution, HDR, and 5.1 surround sound, all of which require more data.) So I went to the network closet, pulled out a Category 5 cable and plugged it into the TV in my switch, everything. Appropriate. After all, what’s the point of having fiber in the house if you aren’t already able to take advantage of those gigabit speeds.

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Nothing yet. Late, burn. Maybe a second of video and audio before things break for another second. Rinse and repeat. It was unwatchable, no matter how unplayable it was. Early reports on Reddit also had a few people saying the same thing. Whether we face the same problem remains to be seen. It does not seem to be something more systematic.

The next step in the troubleshooting process should also be the first – restart and restart. First, the router. Then the Stadia console itself. Finally, the TV.

If you expect more anger at this point, dear reader, you will be disappointed. After reconnecting the Stadia console to the Stadia app of my LG TV, everything was fine. Games are ‘loaded’ – again, nothing is loaded onto your TV except for the Stadia app itself – instantly. The video was as fluid as ever. The LG CX handles 4K resolution just fine.

In other words, it was a totally unremarkable experience, which is exactly the point. You just succeeded.

In the end.

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