Leaderboard: Are you all-in for Google Stadia?

    
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When Google first announced Stadia this past spring, promising it would “revolutionize” the industry, our readers were skeptical. And now that we know much more about it, including the price and some of the lineup of games, our readers have been… still skeptical.

I’m still in the “this is not viable for a whole lot of people in this country right now” camp, and I am not alone. MOP reader Paragon tipped us off to an article on Ars Technica (the scathingly named Despite ‘revolutionary’ promises, Stadia’s biz model is pure establishment) that argues that Google’s charging so much for its services and controllers and a la carte games that it’s not going to save anyone much money over existing platforms, plus you’ve got to trust that Google will maintain the service – not a safe bet if you know Google. And personally, I have friends who already can’t play MMOs anymore because of the poor internet service and egregiously expensive data-capped internet where they live. I just don’t see this working outside of a handful of urban enclaves – the same kind that also don’t need it.

So even though I’m generally a fan of Google’s products – there are a dozen functioning Android devices and toys in my house, and I’m on GoogleFi – I can’t see that Stadia fills any kind of need that I have, and it doesn’t seem particularly family-friendly either. But maybe that’s because of the types of games I play. I’m curious what you folks are doing. Are you all-in for Google Stadia? Which parts are you considering using (or not?) Note: You get three votes!

Leaderboard: Are you all-in for Google Stadia?

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Hamblepants
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Hamblepants

Most surveys I see online (even ones on serious-business websites) are done badly, this one is good, thanks for making a good survey.

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mpandu.nky

SE Asian player here in a nation with (if researches are to be believed) 24mill people that game at least 1hr/week in any platforms. Our internet is far from ready and we are not hyped at all.

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Crowe

I had to go with “something else” since “completely not interested” wasn’t an option.

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Anton Mochalin

I’d agree that’s the future of gaming or at least part of it but I’m not the target audience – already have a pretty good gaming PC and a huge backlog to play.

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Roger Melly

Really depends on how many “free” games are included in the price of the subscription . At the moment I am only aware of Destiny 2 .

The other issue is I like to play with mouse and keyboard so as long as I can do that on my PC I would be fine with it .

Lets face PC gaming is requires expensive hardware and if something like Stadia becomes popular that will be great news for many people as long as they have the internet connection speeds to handle it .

To me it is obvious streamed gaming will be a big thing in the future , its really a matter of how long it will take to catch on .

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Cadaver

Not interested and I’m keen to have as little to do with Google as I can.

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kofteburger

I would be if it was available in my country.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Its a future of gaming. Why waste money on consoles and high-end PCs when you can just play it via stream service just like Netflix. Internet speeds are already good enough for this to be a success.

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traja

It’s not like Netflix though. With Stadia you still have to buy the games like you do currently. If you subscribe for better quality and some freebies you won’t be saving much or anything compared to buying your own hardware.

Now obviously if you only compare to high-end PCs then you will be saving money as your GPU alone will cost you more than a console. But in that comparison Stadia won’t come even close in quality.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Prices can be tweaked. But tech is way superior and more convenient that what we have now

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traja

In some ways yes and in others no.

Video quality will be worse than PC because of lower frame rates and most importantly video compression. Controls will be objectively worse because there is another layer of delay involved.

Convenience will be better in that you can play on more devices, but worse in that you always need access to a high speed Internet connection. Tech can be superior for some multiplayer situations, like massive amounts of players, but so far no game looks to take advantage of that.

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Roger Melly

The quality sounds pretty good if the 4k is 60fps .

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traja

Resolution isn’t the most important factor here. What matters most is video compression and with the stated bandwidth values you are looking at less than Youtube quality, or at best similar. It isn’t going to be anywhere near the same quality as running 4K 60fps locally.

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xanadox

It’s not only the internet speed (I agree it’s enough now) but the latency.

Will be the same experience? if yes, why haven’t they show it this week?

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Ashfyn Ninegold

For a lot of people, playing games like streaming Netflix is probably good enough.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’m neutral about Google. I’m curious about Stadia, but the information we have is vague at best and misleading at worst. (You don’t need a controller, but everything they put out makes it look like you do.)

I’m not interested in a platform that is pushing controllers. There’s an agenda there I don’t necessarily want to adopt.

They are trying to be an umbrella covering all gaming, but they’ve made some funky choices out of the box.

Besides, Destiny 2 is porting my Battle.net account over to Steam come September.

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Anstalt

Currently have no plans to go anywhere near it:

  • I don’t trust Google
  • Google aren’t actually very good
  • The whole setup still seems sketchy
  • I recently built a new gaming PC, so im good for another 4+ years

I’m really not a fan of Google at all. Their search engine, whilst the most popular, isn’t exactly great and doesn’t seem to have progressed much over the last 10 years, except getting good at excluding certain trash results. All they’ve really been good at is their advertising platform. I hate Chrome and only use it when I need to use chromecast (though im told firefox now has a plugin for that..) and Android sucks. I know people love it, but thats just because it’s a free version of ios rather than because it is inherantly better.

So, I just don’t believe that Google has it within them to pull this off. Its the sort of project that will only work if they get masses of people signed up and I just dont think they’ll get the numbers required.

That said, whilst I’m very skeptical, I’m not closed minded and so I’ll wait to see how it does after launch. If it can genuinely achieve what is advertised and the cost is acceptable then I may give it a try.