Google Stadia will outperform mid-range PCs

Alonzo Simpson
March 23, 2019

More data centers need to be established if the company needs to compete with the likes of Stadia and other game streaming services. Pichai said Google's ambition is to stream games to all types of devices.

Google wants to change the gaming landscape, and it's not hard to understand why. Sure it's nice not to have to download a 50GB game, but if you are going to be downloading gigabytes worth of streamed data throughout your time with Stadia, what's the difference? While Stadia platforms that support the Adaptive Controller have not been confirmed, it is highly likely that the controller will only work with Stavia on a PC, Mac, laptop, or tablet that supports USB inputs.

Streaming games over the cloud and not being required to buy a console to do it - are these enough to disrupt the entire gaming industry?

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Will cross-platform play be available in every game?

The streaming service to play the games could either be a subscription or a single payment, the controller could be included or separate, and the games themselves would still need to be purchased. Would the company be able to succeed in this unknown field? Dylan Cuthbert, founder Q-Games is also reportedly developing an entire game that will use this new State Share feature.

Stadia is best described as "Netflix for games", because that's exactly what it is. The goals are ambitious and streaming feels like the future of gaming, but Google's presentation left as many questions unanswered as answered.

The biggest hurdle for any cloud gaming service is, obviously, access. In 2018, over 50 billion hours of gaming content was viewed on YouTube, hence, Google designed Stadia so users can highlight, capture, and share moments straight to YouTube. When Stadia was announced, I immediately regretted spending almost £900 on a gaming PC when I could potentially play Assassin's Creed: Odyssey on my laptop, which crashes when I try to load anything released after 2010. "Things that have never before been possible will now come to life - 1,000-plus players in one match and environments that are physically realistic i.e. destructible buildings".

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