Google Stadia

Is Google Stadia the future of gaming?


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matzesu

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My Internet isnt the best, Youtube in 1080p 60 works, but not every time, its still better than some years ago, where 100 mb where a half hour, but i dotnt think Stadia would work for me,
But i have a XBOX ONEX, a Switch and hopefully soon a Pyra, so enought to Play for me, even if i have to deinstall somethimes stuff from the XBOX because i want to install other stuff..

Some of the Games on XBOX are more than 100 gb, and this thing only have a 1000gb Storage..

So this isnt a bad thing if you can have your Games on the Stadia Server, and you only need a Device that ditnt take that much Power than the XBOX X,
But you need a good Internet Connection, whyle you can play lots of the Games from the XBOX also Offline..
 

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Unless you're really concerned about the state of your wiring, it doesn't seem to matter much whether the power is in your house or some wired up shipping container owned by google to me.

Although it's perfectly arguable that the google servers are probably running multiple instances of each game on each cpu in their systems, and you don't really have to worry about boot costs or idle costs with these sorts of machines. And I'm honestly not sure how to measure what it takes to stream megabytes of data down copper and fibreoptic cables.

It amuses me somewhat how some people who are enjoying the stadia enthuse that it's a blessed relief to not have to wait for updates, or installation times. I quite agree, which is why I stopped buying games half way through the xbox360 generation. It's how gaming used to be until publishers got quite so greedy and lazy. Maybe I should get a switch though, it seems to be less of a problem on that system.
 

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It amuses me somewhat how some people who are enjoying the stadia enthuse that it's a blessed relief to not have to wait for updates, or installation times. I quite agree, which is why I stopped buying games half way through the xbox360 generation. It's how gaming used to be until publishers got quite so greedy and lazy. Maybe I should get a switch though, it seems to be less of a problem on that system.
If you buy the game online you have to wait for the download to finish ... ;)
But normally you don't have to. At least every game is playable without and you can always download things later or automatically during the night.
And even if you have to, the files are much smaller than on PC and it won't take too long to finish.

BTW: The Switch has one huge advantage over PC. It's standby mode.
Why do I play Skyrim on Switch and not on PC (I even own the PC and never played it)?
Playing on my gaming Laptop:
1. Place Laptop near TV, plug in the cables
2. Boot Windows (Yes, I'm playing on Windows)
3. Start Steam
4. Klick through Big Picture Mode and start the game
(And play on the great but unfamiliar Steam Controller)
-> It's a pain to start games

Playing on the Switch:
1. Turn on TV
2. Press the Switch Power button
3. Press "A" on the Switch Pro controller
-> It takes seconds to start Playing

Stadia might be between the two.
I still would need to wire the Laptop and boot my Laptop and start Stadia and select the game (so many "and"s. Doesn't sound comfortable).
The only thing that will be faster is loading the game.
But the rest is still a pain to do.
And don't forget that I can't play when the stupid router is broken again or the internet is down. Steam has at least an offline mode.
After a stressful day at work that made me pretty angry as when I wanted to play online games.

Switch clearly wins for me ;)
 

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Yeah, I don't really buy games online, apart from a few GOG processes to get game data to run on my pandora, or a few games on my 3DS that never got a retail release. The vast majority of my 3DS collection is in carts, and while they're not always on hand, I'm generally playing one or two games at a time so that's not a problem.

Regarding stadia, the coverage I've seen thus far is mostly based around using a chromecast. I don't know how fast those boot up, but they're always there plugged in at the back, and just a button push away.
 

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Chromecast is always on, you just hit a couple of controller buttons are you are in. Overall the Stadia is a pretty sweet experience. As said before, doesn't replace things, but is a nice addition for me. Waiting to see if there are any Black Friday game sales today.
 
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