Google Stadia activates direct to YouTube live streaming, just in time for Cyberpunk 2077

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Google Stadia has proven to be a little more miss than hit ever since the ambitious platform was launched last year.

Still, it exists today and Google is activating a rather interesting feature that could see it rise in popularity, with direct to YouTube live streaming set to become available to users this week.

As it so happens, it’s the same week that the delay-ridden yet hotly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 also launches across the globe.

The hype surrounding the game makes a prime title for live streaming, especially given the myriad ways that you can customise characters, along with how choices in-game will lead to different outcomes, according to its developer CD Projekt RED.

Back to the Google Stadia news and the new feature was picked up by 9to5Google, with a greyed out option to “Stream directly to YouTube Coming Soon” button being found in the UI. This has been corroborated by The Verge, where an unnamed YouTube spokesperson said the feature would go live sometime tomorrow.

As 9to5Google explains, the new feature is not a simple one click procedure, with several settings and elements needing to be confirmed first. This includes giving your live stream a title, as well as making sure that it is appropriate for kids, which may prove a sticking point for Cyberpunk given the violent nature of the game.

For now, no mention if 4K streaming is available, but with Google already making several attempts to get its live streaming for gaming off the ground in the past, adding it natively to Stadia could prove a smart move.

That said, with the rollout of Stadia still relatively limited, like it not being available in South Africa for example, it remains to be seen if users will be willing to pay the $10 monthly fee just for live streaming.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.