Google GDC 2019 Gaming Announcement


mclld

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I wonder if Sony is worried, MS has been focusing on open platform and streaming and so is Google
 

nviz22

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Let's see if Google can obsolete expensive gaming PCs, Steam and Twitch in one swoop.

Mi7chy, I am not expecting much out of this Google event. Stadia doesn't seem like something Google will do for too long tbh.
 

sracer

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Let's see if Google can obsolete expensive gaming PCs, Steam and Twitch in one swoop.

Looks impressive so far. I no longer buy game consoles because I don't have enough free time to devote to game playing to justify the expense... but if it is a simple matter of buying a controller and being able to use an updated chromecast, I can see myself getting in on the occasional game.
 

Relentless Power

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Let's see if Google can obsolete expensive gaming PCs, Steam and Twitch in one swoop.

A few valid observations worth noting before Google can ‘obsolete’ anything, like:

1.) Input lag/latency? If so, based on what?

2.) If there is a bandwith requirement, what is it? And how will it initially affect data caps?

3.) Throttling by ISP’s seems highly likely due to capacity for many.

Personally, I don’t see this going anywhere, likely another mini project fail by Google. NotTrying to be negative, but those are three considerations I mentioned above _that_ are very much realistic.
 

Lava Lamp Freak

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I doubt anyone would be playing a competitive FPS with it, but for the vast majority of normal gaming that people would be playing regularly, I think this should work great.
 

spinedoc77

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I would think it depends on the pricing and availability of games, otherwise I'm sure Google will have performance down pat. I could see paying $50/month or so if I had access to ALL new games, maybe make it so I can only play 2 games at a time. The other issue is wondering if Google will dabble a bit then pull the plug like they do with a lot of their projects.
 

Awesomesince86

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I'm a little surprised at the negativity here. To me this has the potential to be game changing.

- Cross platform gaming
- Minimal hardware costs
- Mobility
- Integration with Youtube

This is the potential to be huge. Especially if all that's need is a controller. You could be gaming through a Chromecast in your TV, get an a train/bus and continue that game on your laptop/phone/tablet seamlessly and with roughly the same experience.

The big things are going to be

- Cost. Will it be free with game costs? Will it require a subscription?
- Internet speed. What will minimum requirements be for internet speed and hardware to maintain high resolution with high FPS.
- Phone Carriers. This will be huge for mobile gaming...so how will carriers handle the increased usage for people with unlimited plans?
- Games. I imagine Google has the pull to get a lot of the big studios on board for development purposes. And with their own studio, they should be ok in this department.

It needs to get off the ground running. No Google+ like launch that dooms it from the start. All in all, I'm pretty optimistic.
 

mi7chy

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Stadia has the potential to fix the biggest issue with multi-player gaming industry and that's rampant cheating by running it in the cloud vs locally where people use code injection hacks. That alone is worth paying for.
 
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jamesrick80

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People with Chromebooks have been waiting for real gaming on their devices without needing a high end graphics card for a long time....glad Google is doing this and hope it works out well. Also, this is a win win for MacOS users who have limited gaming capabilities or software incompatibility issues on their laptops and rigs so Google is helping us all out.
 

AustinIllini

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One of two things is going to happen
  1. Stadia is going to render consoles, PCs irrelevant
  2. Google is going to abandon it
50/50 shot, honestly.