Cloudy with a Chance of Games

With an influx of new users that are being welcomed to the platform, many of who are trying it for the first time. We thought it was a good idea to dispel some of those falsehoods that do the rounds with regards to Stadia.

How am I supposed to play with all that lag?

You may have seen several people saying that cloud gaming just simply can’t work as there is too much lag.

Well it’s absolute nonsense. It does vary slightly per title, however recent testing indicated that the input lag was lower than that of an Xbox One X. Added to that, we’ve also seen Justin Uberti, Google Engineer share that he’s been doing some button-to-photon testing across Stadia endpoints and Controllers, with very impressive results.

This all with Google’s target of negative latency in mind.

So in summary, the lag issue, is well, not actually an issue.

What are you going to play? Stadia has no games

So in just under a year, the library of games has expanded massively. Stadia were clear at the start of the year that they would bring 120 games by the end of 2020.

As of the day of writing this, Stadia has just over 100 games currently.

There’s a great mixture of titles between indie titles, AAA’s, AA’s that will keep you busy. Not to mention that the vast majority of AAA titles that have launched this year, have hit the platform. So there’s plenty for you to get your teeth stuck into.

Possibly even something to add into your gaming repertoire that you’ve never even thought of playing before.

This is something that’s only going to continue in 2021 and beyond, especially with Stadia First Party Studios working hard to bring us a title or two but we wouldn’t expect anything of a AAA nature from a first party studio for a couple of years yet.

I hear that on Stadia I don’t own my games is that right?

Here’s the thing with this point that people seem to like to make.

If you actually look closely, you’ll notice that you only ever have license to access the content.

So whether you play on Stadia, Steam, Playstation, Xbox, the licenses are all the same. You have license to access the content, you do not own the game.

So worry not, it’s no different in the cloud to other platforms you may have used.

People say the Google kill services all the time and this will be no different

Ok, fine. So this rumour goes around that Google kills services all the time.

I’ll level with you, in the tech industry that happens a LOT. Ideas are born, concepts develop. It starts it’s life as a product, then it either takes off or needs to be retired.

Other Tech giants do exactly the same, some way more than Google. It doesn’t stop you purchasing or subscribing to other peoples services though right?

With the investment in time and money that Google have spent, it’s clear to see that Stadia is very much a long term product. Community managers themselves have confirmed in AMA’s that Google is very much committed to Stadia and it’s not going to the graveyard.

In the time that Google has been in the wild, it’s developed, it’s grown but nobody ever said it was perfect. It will continue to grow to make it an even more attractive platform that it already is.

It’s following similar trajectories as Playstation, Xbox in the sense of a slow start then growth and development.

The biggest thing it does is challenge the norms of what we have known for years of gaming. It removes that physical box and gives you instantaneous access to your content in an era where patience wears exceedingly thin and people don’t have time to wait.

Embrace the cloud and be a part of the fantastic journey it’s on. Others are following suit, so where Google may once have stood alone, it now faces stiff competition. Competition breeds success. Success breeds longevity.

Stadia business model is flawed, Why should I pay twice to game?

So with Stadia, there is a free tier and then there’s Stadia Pro.

With the free tier, you can simply sign up and game using existing controllers and play in 1080p, purchase your games and that’s you set.

Stadia Pro offers you the ability to have 4K, 5.1 Surround Sound and a library of monthly claimable games for a monthly fee. You purchase available games from the Stadia store.

When you look at the competition, it’s no different. You pay for Xbox Live Gold to be able to play online and claim free monthly games. Playstation, you pay for PS Plus to be able to game online and claim free monthly games.

Stadia really is no different, with once exception. You don’t need a Pro subscription to be able to play online.

The cost of games are comparable and in some cases cheaper than other digital storefronts. So what exactly do you have to complain about?

They even do weekly deals and offers on titles giving reductions to make purchases cheaper.

Unless you’ve claimed a Free Stadia Premiere Edition as part of the latest promo, the only cost of entry to the platform in the sense of hardware, is if you want to game on your TV you’ll need the Chromecast Ultra, which works directly with the Stadia controller. Even at that, the costs are minimal in comparison to a £300 – £400 investment for a new console.

So the business model is pretty much the standard across the gaming industry.

My advice overall would be, ignore the falsehoods and make sure you know the truth for yourself and then make an informed decision if the platform is right for you.

Above all else, don’t let someone else tell you what it is or isn’t. Try it for yourself and the best part is, it’s free for a month. So why not?

If you weren’t eligible for the YouTube subscription promotion or missed out on getting that premiere edition, you can still get your free trial here and use it on your existing PC, Chromebook or Mobile.

By Barry Jackson

My first gaming experience was on a ZX spectrum, from there I've gone through every Nintendo system, Playstation , Xbox up until the last generation of the consoles and of course PC. I finally seen the light earlier in 2020 and made the move to Cloud Gaming and quite genuinely it was the best thing I've ever done. The future of gaming is here and with my deep passion for gaming I can't wait to experience where it's going.

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