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Google's New Non-Console

Mac'nCheese

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Google will be releasing a new service to play games without a console, just use their new controller or even one you already have. You can play anywhere you have wi-fi and a screen, tv, tablet or phone. Seems like a good idea to me.
 

MisterSavage

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I saw an article this morning that said it will require a 25Mbps connection. To avoid latency issues, I would think this service would need a connection with very low ping times.

When I'm at home it wouldn't be an issue but so many times when I'm travelling the WiFi is sketchy.
 
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Relentless Power

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A few valid questions I would ask first regarding Stadia that will affect a large swath of users, 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?
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I’m still against game streaming. Call me old school but I prefer having the graphics rendered in my own box lol.

I’m not against streaming, but nor do I personally support it for my gaming set-up, but I have my core reasons why I prefer Console gaming with my Pro/Xbox X. I do thinks streaming is definitely part of the future, but fortunately it’s an alternative and not the requirement.
 

Taustin Powers

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I think it's an interesting concept, and it will be part of the future. The required bandwidth is not available everywhere yet, but just look at how big Netflix has become over time. Not having to buy gaming hardware and being able to play on any device that has a connection is a solid proposition and something that has the potential to change the industry.
 

MisterSavage

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I’m not against streaming, but nor do I personally support it for my gaming set-up, but I have my core reasons why I prefer Console gaming with my Pro/Xbox X. I do thinks streaming is definitely part of the future, but fortunately it’s an alternative and not the requirement.

That's my thinking also. It's something that could really get me interested for when I'm traveling but not when I'm in my living room.
 

bigjnyc

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This will be abandoned in a year or 2 like most of Googles new projects and releases.
 

Relentless Power

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This will be abandoned in a year or 2 like most of Googles new projects and releases.

I don’t like to dismiss new technology so quickly, but I do agree with you. And I think this is nothing more that would really only appeal to those who have the necessary requirements to appreciate streaming at its full potential. I think streaming has its benefits, but for core players that are delved into Console/PC gaming, streaming has a _long_ way to go to match that type of gaming where users are so invested in their consoles. Especially now that you can digitally download games right on your console, that’s another benefit.
 

MisterSavage

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This will be abandoned in a year or 2 like most of Googles new projects and releases.

I don't necessarily agree. Google WiFi was released in Dec 2016 and it's still sold/supported. Hopefully it doesn't go the route of Inbox, Google Plus, etc.
 

madeirabhoy

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I think it's an interesting concept, and it will be part of the future. The required bandwidth is not available everywhere yet, but just look at how big Netflix has become over time. Not having to buy gaming hardware and being able to play on any device that has a connection is a solid proposition and something that has the potential to change the industry.


in the states maybe not, but in Europe and in asia its common. I live in a small island in the atlantic and have 1gb internet and don't think anyone on the island has less than 30mb and most have 100-200mb.
 

gkarris

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in the states maybe not, but in Europe and in asia its common. I live in a small island in the atlantic and have 1gb internet and don't think anyone on the island has less than 30mb and most have 100-200mb.

how do people on a small island have such fast speeds?

where I live, 100-200mbps is $80/month on a contract - goes up to $100 when the contract is over...
 

madeirabhoy

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how do people on a small island have such fast speeds?

where I live, 100-200mbps is $80/month on a contract - goes up to $100 when the contract is over...

honestly, I don't know, we always have. we are behind mainland Portugal though, they had 1gb internet a year or two before madeira. we must have had 100mb+ for a decade or close to.

I pay similar for my package with 1gb internet, two mobile phones with unlimited calls, a house phone with unlimited overseas calls in evenings, and 140 channels. according to my providers webpage, 100mb without anything else would be €27 a month.
 

gkarris

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honestly, I don't know, we always have. we are behind mainland Portugal though, they had 1gb internet a year or two before madeira. we must have had 100mb+ for a decade or close to.

I pay similar for my package with 1gb internet, two mobile phones with unlimited calls, a house phone with unlimited overseas calls in evenings, and 140 channels. according to my providers webpage, 100mb without anything else would be €27 a month.

I guess they like to rip off people in the US since most are willing to pay no matter the price...
 
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