Over the years, cloud gaming services have not been able to prove that they can fight on equal terms
What is Google Stadia?
Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service thatallows you to run heavy games on weak PCs, smartphones, TV set-top boxes on Android, and in future smart TVs. The system works so that the server acts as a computer, processing graphics and transmitting the image with the action already on the user's screen.
Since everything happens via the Internet, the main thinga drawback of such services is the delay between the press of a button and the character’s action. In fact, first the signal is sent to the server, it is processed and returned to the player, which turns out for a relatively long time when compared with classic consoles and PC. Google tried to get rid of this drawback using the Stadia Controller, which connected directly to the servers, which in theory should reduce response time.
Wired journalist rated Stadia 6 out of 10possible. Of the advantages, the author noted that the service "reduces the financial barrier" for players. In addition, the Stadia Controller turned out to be convenient. All the same long response and lags “flew” to the cons, and with them a weak starting library of games.
At the same time, journalist Polygon noted thatthe delay, although it occurs, is rarely and mostly the gameplay feels natural, like on a classic console. The author wrote down the connection itself as the main problem, as sometimes the game sagged, and in Mortal Kombat 11 the character refused to react to the player’s actions at all.
The Guardian also did not praise the serviceGoogle, putting 3 out of 5. The author noted the same problems, but also added that he does not understand who needs Stadia in 2019. The starter kit costs $ 120, which is not much cheaper than the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or the same Nintendo Switch. In addition, classic consoles lack flaws with delayed response.
It is worth noting that some of the reviews are stillcomplemented, since Google released Stadia not with all the promised features. For example, there is no Family Sharing, a list of friends, streaming through an iOS application and the ability to enter a game that the user is watching broadcast by pressing a button.
At the same time, reviewers praise Stadia forquality of the transmitted picture. We can say that games run at high, if not maximum graphics settings, as the characterization of characters and environments is comparable to PC versions of projects. Nevertheless, some games are launched with a good picture only on their own terms. For example, Shadow of the Tomb Raider works in two modes - at 60 fps and 1080p or at 30 fps, but with royal 4K.
“There is no reason someone should buy Stadia now,” - The Verge.
“The biggest problem is that Stadia at launch did not provide smooth interaction in games,” - Polygon.
“The streaming future for games has not come yet,” CNET.
“If circumstances are right, ifyou are a strong connection, then Stadia feels like a potential path to the future for this industry, and streaming games is like magic, ”GamesRadar.
At launch, Google Stadia is only available at$ 10 subscription, which gives you access to high graphics settings, 4K and free games. In February 2020, the company will launch a basic free version, but in both cases, the game will have to buy. Google Stadia is not Netflix. Now the user pays separately for access to the servers and buys games for his library.
The Stadia launch lineup includes 22 games including Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Mortal Kombat 11 and Metro: Exodus.</ p>
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