Stadia - Bad Video Quality despite HW-Decoding

Sorry for another Stadia Streaming thread.
I could not find anyhting about my specific topic.


  • NVIDIA Graphics card
  • Chrome or Chromium browser started by: chromium --disable-frame-rate-limit --disable-gpu-vsync --use-gl=desktop --enable-features=VaapiVideoDecoder
  • Chrome-flags set and packages installed as far as im able to manage (taken from several documentations and recommendations which can be found)
  • HW acceleration working
  • latency = 22ms / decoding = 2ms


Gaming/Responsiveness is OK i think.
I don’t have a comparison to another system.

The graphics are NOT GOOD at all!
I don’t have enough knowledge to find out where this comes from.


I just want to know if there is now something obvious i dont see or if i did everything i can, HW decoding is working and thats just the best possible result which can be achieved with my hardware(-combination).

Thanks in advance

My System
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  Kernel: 5.14.21-2-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
    Desktop: awesome 4.3-1317-g70524e72f vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Manjaro Linux
    base: Arch Linux
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: Z170 PRO GAMING v: Rev X.0x
    serial: <superuser required> UEFI-[Legacy]: American Megatrends v: 3805
    date: 05/16/2018
  Info: quad core model: Intel Core i7-6700K bits: 64 type: MT MCP
    smt: enabled arch: Skylake-S rev: 3 cache: L1: 256 KiB L2: 1024 KiB
    L3: 8 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 800 min/max: 800/4300 cores: 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800
    4: 800 5: 800 6: 800 7: 800 8: 800 bogomips: 64026
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Device-1: NVIDIA GP106 [GeForce GTX 1060 6GB] vendor: Gigabyte
    driver: nvidia v: 495.46 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1c03 class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: X.Org driver: loaded: nvidia unloaded: vesa
    resolution: 3440x1440~50Hz s-dpi: 109
  OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/PCIe/SSE2
    v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 495.46 direct render: Yes