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Google Stadia

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Huntsman
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For those that don't know, Google is launching Google Stadia on 19th November.


Google Stadia is streaming gameplay up to 4k 60Hz. They say for 4k you'll need a minimum of 35mbs download speeds.

You can stream to almost any device, TV, tablet, phone, PC, Laptop, almost anything. It even supports MOUSE AND KEYBOARD!!!! (for me that's the one reason I don't use consoles, just find controllers too damn slow).

Google Stadia will be available in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland regions first, with more territories being added in 2020 and beyond.

The opening list of games are as follows:

Latency is the biggest problem facing them, but Google say that with machine learning, they've managed to build a clever system that essentially predicts the users moves and adjusts the stream based on that. They claim that they'll be able to better the latency experience of someone playing at home on their local LAN.


It looks set to be pretty interesting. To get in on release day, you have to have bought a premiere pack which includes controllers and other things. For the rest of us we'll have to wait a little longer. The premiere packs sold out worldwide within days so it does seem that demand is there if google can pull it off.

I've got a 5 year old gaming laptop which I'm not interested in upgrading because I now use it to stream over my LAN from my gaming PC which is relatively capable. The 4th Gen i7 is still totally capable for everyday uses and there's no need to bin it just yet if GPU performance isn't in the equation. If Google Stadia pays off, that completely renews my laptop for another good 5 years or so until the CPU starts getting too slow.

On the back of this, Steam have started developing their own streaming service, as well as Microsofts xCloud

What are your thoughts? Has anyone bought a premiere pack? Anyone looking to use this?
 

Dan79

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Though I haven't read much about it lately there seems to be a few issues regarding certain aspects of the service.

Paying a subscription and then purchasing a full price game and google having the power to pull access whenever they want. At launch only chromecast ultra will work wirelessly. (Not sure what can be connected by cable) and one review I read said those bottom end internet speeds do not give a smooth experience.

Personally, it's not a service I will use until its matured and might not disappear like other failed google offerings. However with pretty much all the major players looking into similar services I imagine it will have some future.
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
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Though I haven't read much about it lately there seems to be a few issues regarding certain aspects of the service.

Paying a subscription and then purchasing a full price game and google having the power to pull access whenever they want. At launch only chromecast ultra will work wirelessly. (Not sure what can be connected by cable) and one review I read said those bottom end internet speeds do not give a smooth experience.

Personally, it's not a service I will use until its matured and might not disappear like other failed google offerings. However with pretty much all the major players looking into similar services I imagine it will have some future.
Totally agree on the hosted having control of the content. This is why I have my own personal media library, whilst I think stuff like Apple Music and Spotify or Netflix are very convenient, they’re poor quality and content often goes missing as they lose licensing rights.

It will be interesting to see how it develops.
 

Scott

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I've had a couple of NVidia Shield TVs pretty much since launch. They are absolutely fantastic for any sort of casual gaming. I use them to stream from my gaming PC to my TV as well and, for the most part, it's flawless.

For hardcore gaming there is a bit of latency but for casual it was a complete game changer for me (pardon the pun).

If they have indeed managed to curb the latency, at least better than the competition, then this will do very well IMO.

Gamestream from NVidia is free though, you buy the device and get access to a handsome amount of (older) content. I regularly play the Arkham series :D
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
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I've had a couple of NVidia Shield TVs pretty much since launch. They are absolutely fantastic for any sort of casual gaming. I use them to stream from my gaming PC to my TV as well and, for the most part, it's flawless.

For hardcore gaming there is a bit of latency but for casual it was a complete game changer for me (pardon the pun).

If they have indeed managed to curb the latency, at least better than the competition, then this will do very well IMO.

Gamestream from NVidia is free though, you buy the device and get access to a handsome amount of (older) content. I regularly play the Arkham series :D
Hmmm, just going through some reviews now and it’s not looking terribly healthy.


Apparently on mobile it’s pretty impressive, but PC and TV have some serious lag.

They added an extra 10 games to the catalogue for launch though as soon as Microsoft announced their catalogue would be over 50, thank god for competition.

Obviously it’s very early days and hopefully these things will iron out. If the AI that controls the “negative latency” as google are calling it (rediculous if you ask me) is effective, it will need some time with user play through to enhance, so fingers crossed.

I do think MS stand a better chance at this with xcloud, they’re just much more experienced in the gaming world.
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
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Further review from Gamers Nexus...

Aside from the pre order issues, it really doesn't look too good atm:


 
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