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Tech & Science Google's cloud gaming system has launched, but it isn't ready

06:45  19 november  2019
06:45  19 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Cloud gaming isn ' t a new idea. Companies like OnLive (RIP) have been trying to make it work for the better There'll be 22 games available at launch including one exclusive, but no system sellers. I'm personally hopeful, but it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see Google cancel Stadia altogether within

Google ' s first big push into video games arrives this week with Google Stadia, but it 's not ready for Google has been testing Stadia functionality for several years now, and even held a public beta test Games sell game consoles and, based on the launch lineup, there are few reasons to get Stadia

a bunch of items that are on display: Google Stadia doesn't require a console, discs, or game installs and works on a variety of devices. © Supplied Google Stadia doesn't require a console, discs, or game installs and works on a variety of devices.

Google Stadia felt like a miracle the moment I loaded Destiny 2 onto a Pixel smartphone. Sitting in a lounge chair on a rooftop, I was shocked to see that I was able to move my old Hunter around in glorious 60 frames-per-second combat. On a phone!

But moments are fleeting, and latency on Google Stadia — the time difference between your finger pressing a button and the game reacting to it — lasts longer, and leaves a more lasting impression. In fact, it sometimes renders games unplayable. The service can and will likely improve, especially since the cloud-based game console has only just launched for early adopters in North America and Europe (Australian launch plans have not been specified). But that's the key difference between buying access to Stadia and just investing in gaming hardware. Google is selling a service; and services can be unreliable.

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The French video game giant has been working with Google and its games are among titles coming to the service. "From what I have seen, their plans are He expects a long launch period during which Google will beef up Stadia. "If there is a one-day problem at launch , it isn ' t the end of the world; it

San Francisco: Ever-expanding Google becomes a gaming company Tuesday with the launch of its Stadia cloud service that lets people play console-quality video games on a web browser "If there is a one-day problem at launch , it isn ' t the end of the world; it isn ' t even close," he said, stressing the

The Stadia controller's Assistant and Capture buttons don't do much at launch, and it needs to be physically connected to some devices. © Supplied The Stadia controller's Assistant and Capture buttons don't do much at launch, and it needs to be physically connected to some devices.

When played on a browser or 4K TV (via Google's Chromecast Ultra), horrendous latency plagued singleplayer and multiplayer games alike during the early review period in the US, giving a cinematic game like Shadow of the Tomb Raider the feel of an avant garde college grad project, replete with buggy, quick cuts. Precision shots were impossible in Destiny 2. Even walking in a straight line was a challenge in the otherwise lovely indie game Glynt, the console's only exclusive launch title.

On the phone, however, a totally different story emerges. While playing Destiny 2 in 60fps on a Google Pixel 3a XL over a Wi-Fi connection, there was almost no blurriness and barely any latency. Barring a few noticeable but quick skips during play, the images produced were fast and sharp.

What to expect from Google's gaming platform Stadia

  What to expect from Google's gaming platform Stadia Google's gaming platform Stadia is launching on Tuesday. If it works as advertised it could herald one of the most profound changes the computer gaming industry has ever experienced. At the moment the industry is based on gamers having very powerful computers, often sold as bespoke gaming consoles.The pitch for Stadia is that people will no longer need powerful computers or dedicated consoles to play high-end games - Google has the hardware required to run them remotely, and they are then streamed to any screen capable of running the Chrome web browser.

Stadia is Google ' s attempt to make cloud gaming happen, and the company has promised a lot: the ability to play basicall Google Stadia will have 10 more games at launch . It took a few shots for the game to catch up with the action, but it eventually smoothed out and I carried on killing aliens.

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These tests were conducted with my Wi-Fi at home, which gave me anywhere from 45 to 55Mbps download speeds, well above the 35Mbps Google says should give me 60fps 4K. They were also conducted at my office's Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi service. In all cases, the phone outperformed the experience on browsers and TVs.

We tested six titles before launch: Destiny 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Red Dead Redemption 2, Mortal Kombat 11, Gylt and Kine. Destiny 2, a 2017 game, is Stadia's launch centerpiece, and the only other game included with the paid Stadia Pro subscription besides last-minute addition Samurai Shodown. In a last-minute effort to draw more gamers, over the weekend Stadia announced that it would be expanding its launch lineup from 12 to 22 games, many of them more than a year old.

The value of playing Destiny 2 on Stadia comes from developer Bungie's cross-saving feature, which allowed me to import my PlayStation 4 character into the Stadia version. More than a novelty, it's a convenient and efficient way to pick up and grind out a few levels in low-stakes gameplay while riding in a car. And you could even get in a few multiplayer rounds from the comfort of your bed.

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Google ’ s Stadia cloud gaming service will launch for Founder’s Edition buyers on November 19th But it also means this may be a make-or-break moment for cloud gaming if its champion fails to But perhaps the biggest blow against Stadia is how Google keeps proving the platform isn ’ t fully ready .

Ever-expanding Google becomes a gaming company Tuesday with the launch of its Stadia cloud service that lets people play console-quality video He expects a long launch period during which Google will beef up Stadia. "If there is a one-day problem at launch , it isn ' t the end of the world; it

In fact, Stadia's value is at its peak with a game like Destiny 2, and really no other launch title we tested. Red Dead's shooting and Mortal Kombat's ... well ... combat all functioned as expected, at least whenever input lag and streaming latency weren't an issue. But they're all otherwise the same old games, just sometimes more fuzzy and less functional as they were years ago.

At the moment, Stadia seems best suited for games that encourage continued, slow progression, especially ones that allow for some cross-platform features like Destiny 2's cloud saves. Stadia works great for the kind of player who needs to check in on their game throughout the day. There's a limited selection of games on Stadia that fit this bill.

Another disappointing discovery: games on the Stadia do not feature the graphical options offered on PC releases. Players won't be able to toggle resolutions, visual or texture effects or frames per second. When it comes to presentation, players are left at the mercy of developers and Google's servers.

Jack Buser, Stadia's director for games and business development, says the entire system will get better over time.

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The highly anticipated Google Stadia launches Tuesday. The company' s cloud gaming service will offer 22 games to start which is more than double the number they had originally planned. despite that, Google is not without critics.

Ever-expanding Google becomes a gaming company Tuesday with the launch of its Stadia cloud service that lets people play console-quality video He expects a long launch period during which Google will beef up Stadia. "If there is a one-day problem at launch , it isn ' t the end of the world; it

"The Stadia you see on day one will constantly evolve over time. We'll be adding new technology, new features, new games," he says.

"Over time, it's going to grow, we'll support more screens, because we're not limited. We're actually able to upgrade the technology within our data centres without having the customer buy new hardware."

Google promised to commit to Stadia, mentioning other successful products like Gmail and the Play Store to engender some faith. But it's also hard to ignore the literal digital graveyard of past Google efforts. A website called KilledByGoogle.com lists 156 services, 18 apps and 16 hardware ideas scrapped by the company.

Currently the only way to access Stadia, if you live in a supported country, is to buy the $US129 ($190) Premiere Edition, which comes with a Chromecast Ultra, Stadia controller (which hasn't had all its functions enabled yet) and a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro which allows 4K play and gives access to free games every month. You can play over Wi-Fi or Ethernet (not mobile networks) on a Chromecast, browser or Pixel phone, with more devices to be added at a later date.

As for playing games not included in the subscription, you still need to buy them separately, albeit at a discounted price. Stadia's free tier will launch next year, and it's only then that the platform's full potential might be seen: as an online storefront to access the latest games immediately and anywhere. No downloads, no patches nor updates. There's novelty and value in that.

Stadia is absolutely paving a new sort of information highway for gaming. My advice today is to stay in your current lane until they finish that work.

Washington Post

Before you invest in Google's ambitious new cloud gaming service, there's something you should know about your PlayStation 4 .
Google's ambitious new Stadia video game platform is getting a lot of attention this week, following its troubled launch. There's a lot to like about the idea behind Stadia: It allows you to play major video games like "Destiny 2" and "Mortal Kombat 11" across any phone, TV, or tablet. But if you own one of the 100 million-plus PlayStation 4 consoles out there, you may or may not already know about Remote Play - a feature that lets you stream any PlayStation 4 game to PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, or even the PlayStation Vita handheld console.Remote Play isn't quite as elegant or future-looking as Google Stadia.

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