Google Stadia hypes up the addition of a search bar and other quality-of-life additions coming soon

    
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At long last, users of the Google Stadia for Web can find the games they’re looking for without the agony of scrolling manually through the library thanks to the incoming addition of a search bar this week. Yes, Google — the company that’s now become synonymous with searching — has added a search feature to its games service after this much time. Furthermore, it should be noted that this feature is only for Stadia for Web and not for mobile.

This new feature is part of several other promised features that have been requested by users over the past few months. In addition to the search bar (which very likely took Google a lot of time to design properly since they’re new to this kind of tech), this week will see a UI that will let players sort their games, while the post talks up other features coming down the pike like an activity feed and the ability to access Stadia from an Android web browser rather than the app itself.

These late-arriving quality-of-life features seem to further illustrate the Stadia’s haphazard launch overall, which readers will recall was exposed by a number of anonymous insiders. But hey, at least now there’s a search function.

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Schmidt.Capela

The day they allow me to bring the games I already own on Steam and GOG — like Geforce Now does — I’ll take another look.

Until then, not interested in the least. If it’s a single player game I paid for, I expect to be able to download and play it offline; without that, thanks but no, thanks.

The Weeb formerly known as Sray
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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

GeForce Now is a PC rental service, while Stadia is a game streaming service (essentially a game console that is not physically located in your residence): they are two different types of platforms. In spite of the fact that both allow their customers to stream video games to otherwise non-gaming capable devices, they are apples and oranges.

Not wanting to get into Stadia because you don’t like what it is, and what it’s intended to be, is a perfectly sensible opinion. However, what you are saying is like saying you won’t buy a Nintendo Switch until it becomes a refrigerator: that you’re not interested until it becomes that which it is not, nor was ever intended to be; which is non-sensical.

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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

As a launch player of Stadia I’ve found it to be a very nice way of gaming, particularly during summer heatwaves; but progress has been glacial and baffling.

-It’s still not available on Android TV (or Google TV, as it’s getting rebranded); the delayed implementation of a search function (and that function only works to find games by name, not by genre/sub-genre which is far more useful)

-The slow growth of the library is embarrassing. Open the damn wallet and throw some money to get publishers to bring their games to your damn platform: it’s a thing called investing for the future.

– And the continued focus on the absolute wrong audience still leaves me stunned. If I have to venture a guess, the audience that actually has gotten into Stadia are more like me: casual, in their late 30’s and up; and probably would be more interested in playing something like Crash Team Racing and Tetris Effect than playing PUBG, Destiny 2, or Red Dead Redemption 2.

It’s frustrating because it works, and works quite well, and -detractor comments aside- already has the largest install base of all the game streaming services presently on the horizon. With CPU and GPU shortages expected to continue well into next year, they’re poised to clean up in a market that is ready to explode, and Google continues to drag it’s feet instead of putting the petal to the metal to secure a dominant market position. From a tech industry standpoint, it’s feels like watching Xerox inventing the mouse and Graphical User Interface, and then doing nothing with it all over again.

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Greaterdivinity

Man, Stadia deserves all the clowning it gets. How the hell does a company LITERALLY BUILT ON THE BACK OF A SEARCH ENGINE launch a product without search. Sure, we all laughed at the EGS but like, at least Epic’s core business wasn’t “searching for stuff”.

I’m sure the dozens of remaining Stadia users are cheering. There’s just something super gross about the way Google dumps huge sums of money into projects it genuinely doesn’t seem to really care about. Must be nice to be able to throw tens/hundreds of millions at a product you half-ass just to see if it works or not.

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Danny Smith

We did it stadians

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ghoulas

They can just google it right? :D

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Leo

and I thought the Nintendo Switch had barebones UI…

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Anthony Clark

Love Stadia! It rocks!

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Dug From The Earth

Now you can search and find a list of all the games you wont get to play on your Stadia!