Monday, November 18, 2019

Google Stadia reviews are out

WaPo:

here’s a four-word review on the Premiere Edition in 2019: It’s not worth it

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The controller, for what it’s worth, is excellent, a pleasure to hold. But the triggers feel a bit looser than they need to be, and future Stadia users will probably be better off using any controllers they already own.

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When played on a browser or LCD 4K TV, horrendous latency plagued singleplayer and multiplayer games

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On the phone, however, a totally different story emerges. While playing Destiny 2 in 60 fps on a Google Pixel 3a XL over a WiFi connection, there was almost no blurriness and barely any latency.
Eurogamer:
Once into Stadia, there's the sense that the platform isn't really complete. The integrated Google Assistant support isn't live at the time of writing (though basic functions may be active on day one), the UI is very basic, and there's a strange reliance on the Stadia mobile app for basic functionality - like buying games, or adjusting stream quality. Other essential features like family sharing aren't active either.

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Combined with the feeling that the platform and the ecosystem is still some way off completion and I do feel that it's perhaps too early for Stadia to be rolling out as a full service, especially when games are limited and the all-important platform exclusives are very thin on the ground

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Obviously, it's early days for Stadia and there's a lot the system gets right. The controller is excellent and innovative in the way it directly connects to the cloud as a separate client. While image quality can't really hope to equal the local experience on a living room display, it's still delivering results that can look really impressive, and while never pristine as such, Stadia looks good on smaller screens. Yes, the lag is perceptible, but remember that the vast majority of players are gaming on flat panels with game mode disabled - lag is a thing that many gamers just accept. Latency is important for sure, but across years of cloud system testing, we'd found that consistent response is probably more important (something we discussed with the xCloud team in an interview coming soon)..
Forbes:
I am genuinely amazed with how shockingly bad Stadia has performed at my home over the course of many sessions.

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This is an enormous miss from Google, and I am really wondering what the fallout is going to be from this ill-conceived early launch.