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Tech & Science Stadia Is A Glimpse Into The Future, But Maybe Not Yours Or Google's

01:05  23 november  2019
01:05  23 november  2019 Source:   gizmodo.com.au

Google Panics, Adds 10 More Games To Stadia's Launch Lineup

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When Stadia works perfectly, it feels like the future of gaming. Laptop, phone, and TV: Google’s new game streaming service works across all three with the press of a button or two. The simple controller knows what to connect to and does so with ease. With Stadia, you can slip into a game typically found on a PC or console using almost any device. It makes you wonder why we’ve tethered ourselves to hardware for so long when the internet can give us all of that power at a considerably lower cost (and smaller energy bill). The problem is that Stadia rarely works perfectly. Instead, it offers us a glimmer of the future before crashing back down into the muddy present.

Google will have 10 more games ready to support the Stadia launch

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Editor's Note: Google Stadia isn't currently available in Australia, and has no scheduled launch date here.

I desperately want to love Stadia because the concept is pretty damn perfect. It’s an idea that Nvidia, Microsoft, and the small French tech company Shadow have all explored. Traditionally, playing a game has required a console or computer that sucks up energy, makes lots of noise, and takes up space in your home. These new streaming gaming services instead rely on fields of servers in some air-conditioned warehouse to handle the actual gameplay, and then stream that gameplay to you over the internet like a super-responsive Netflix. The pitch is that you can play your games anywhere, at any time, provided you have a solid internet connection.

Google's Stadia Just Ain't It

  Google's Stadia Just Ain't It Google’s game-streaming platform Stadia is finally here tomorrow. I’ve had a week to tinker around with the Founder’s Edition. It has the Stadia controller, a Chromecast Ultra, and a charger with a USB cable you can also use to plug into your PC or laptop for playing inside of a Chrome browser. Most of my experiences using the Stadia have left me a little befuddled. Here’s the thing about me, readers: I’m a fool. I always want to try out the newest, latest thing to see if the hype is real. There’s one question I keep returning to: Who, exactly, is this for? It’s in its testing stages, but could I recommend this to somebody in its current state? Nah, not really.

That is Google ’ s ambition with Stadia , the streaming game service that the company plans to release on Tuesday. Nonetheless, Google ’ s concept is a fascinating glimpse into how gaming could evolve in the coming years as internet speeds increase and data centers get even more powerful.

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Google Stadia

WHAT IS IT?

Google's game streaming service.

PRICE

$US130 ($192)

LIKE

When it works perfectly it's pretty neat!

NO LIKE

It very rarely works perfectly, and is so unreliable its cost seems outrageous.

The problem, as I’ve notedad nauseumat this point, is that the internet is rarely as robust as it needs to be to handle game streaming. Unless you live in a big city with access to big internet pipes, game streaming—and even 4K movie streaming—is a pipe dream. The internet in the U.S. is abysmal, particularly in rural areas. I have friends living 60 miles outside of Colorado Springs that struggle with getting HD Netflix streams on their Roku. Stadia would be impossible for them.

That’s because game streaming isn’t really just like streaming Netflix. When you press a button on your controller, that signal has to travel allllll the way to the server, be registered in the game on the server, and then that response has to travel all the way back to your screen, and it has to happen so fast you don’t notice the lag. Plus it has to give you a really sharp high-resolution image, otherwise, it will look like you’re playing your game on a potato.

What to expect from Google's gaming platform Stadia

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That all requires a lot of very fast and responsive internet. Microsoft’s Project xCloud and Nvidia’s GeForce Now have both done a decent job of it. If the internet is fast enough, these services can give a good approximation of playing on a console without an actual console. But if the internet isn’t fast enough, the programs will tell you as much—and you’ll have zero games to play.

a black video game controller: The controller is a little large for my smaller hands, but its still fairly natural to use. Google Assistant does not currently work. (Photo: Alex Cranz, Gizmodo)© Photo: Alex Cranz, Gizmodo The controller is a little large for my smaller hands, but its still fairly natural to use. Google Assistant does not currently work. (Photo: Alex Cranz, Gizmodo)

Unlike those services, Google’s Stadia doesn’t want to tell you no, which means it will operate (very poorly!) on less than ideal internet pipes. The internet at the Gizmodo office can sometimes get bogged down, dropping to a *gasp* mere 20Mbps. That should be more than robust enough for a 720p Stadia stream, but the stream I was served was a stuttering, blurry, and pixellated mess. Playing Destiny 2 on the Chrome browser of my MacBook Pro left me moaning “oh no” over and over again as my character jerked and jostled across the map. It reminded me of when I tried to play World of Warcraft on dial-up.

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

  Google's cloud gaming system has launched, but it isn't ready Gamers in North America and Europe can now purchase and play games on Google's streaming console, but most will want to wait.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.

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Erratic performance was fine back when I was playing something like WoW, but Stadia’s stutters made a shooter like Destiny 2 a miserable experience. Red Dead Redemption 2 fared a little better on the service, the game being less reliant on twitchy shots and jumps. But it was still a sub-HD performance that left all the characters looking like blurry blobs.

Stadia worked better on the Chromecast Ultra. Playing on a Pixel 3a provided by Google also gave me better results. (The Stadia app is also technically available on iOS, but downloading it will just remind you that service doesn’t work on iOS devices yet.) The Android app, however, has a major flaw—you can’t easily hop back to the main menu of the app if you’re in a game.

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After getting wrecked at a few rounds of Samurai Shodown, I was eager to go try something I’d be less terrible at. On a PS4 or Xbox One, I would’ve been able to tap the branded button at the centre of the controller, taking me to a menu that lets me leave the game and return to the main console screen. No suck luck with Stadia. There is a branded Stadia button at the centre of the controller, but pressing it just revealed a nice menu with some grayed-out options (for features that are not currently available) and the ability to interact with friends. To exit the game I had to instead exit the round I was losing in, go back to the game’s main menu, and then navigate to the “exit to Stadia” option. That’s a few additional steps I really didn’t need. It served as an annoying reminder that Stadia is not done cooking yet.

Some People Who Pre-Ordered Stadia Say They Still Can't Access It

  Some People Who Pre-Ordered Stadia Say They Still Can't Access It In June, Google made an enticing offer for its new streaming service, Stadia—anyone who pre-ordered the Founder’s Edition would be able to lock in the usernames of their choice before anyone else could. Now, however, some people who pre-ordered the service say they haven’t even gotten in. Instead, they still find themselves waiting for an email from Google with their login information a day after the video game streaming service launched. “Anyone else wake up disappointed,” reads a post on the Stadia subreddit, where early adopters have spent the last 24 hours sharing their hopes, dreams, and frustrations with the service’s messy launch.

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The service’s biggest rivals, Microsoft Project xCloud and Nvidia GeForce Now, are both currently in beta Nvidia’s offering has been in beta for four years, while Microsoft’s beta launched last month. Google’s Stadia absolutely should have done the same, rather than ask people to spend $US130 ($192) on a buggy service, and then spend $US20 ($29) to $US60 ($88) a piece on the games available on that service.

“available here soon” is a common refrain across the platform. The greyed out options are stuff unavailable for users playing in a Chrome browser. (Screenshot: Google Chrome)© Screenshot: Google Chrome “available here soon” is a common refrain across the platform. The greyed out options are stuff unavailable for users playing in a Chrome browser. (Screenshot: Google Chrome)

As it is now, Stadia is a tough sell—particularly when we’re talking about Google. While I might trust Apple or Microsoft to fully commit themselves to a badly launched product like Stadia, Google has a history of cutting its losses. It likes to launch all kinds of neat tools and apps... and then quietly axe them a few years later. Wave. Reader. Plus. Even the rollout of Google’s ISP, Google Fibre, has slowed down nearly to a stop.

There’s also the fact that the pool of people who can really appreciate Stadia’s promise is very, very small. Do you own a PS4 or Xbox One? Congratulations! You have no need of Stadia. Own a Switch? Feel great because you can actually play it in hotels or on planes—something impossible to do with any game streaming service at the moment.

If you don’t own any of those consoles and really want to play games then Stadia could be a solution. It requires significantly less buy-in than a console and is more portable than even the Switch. But right now I just don’t think it’s worth it. Stadia is a beta you have to buy, and that’s never, ever going to be a good idea.

README

  • Stadia is $US130 ($192). A Nintendo Switch Lite is $US200 ($295). Get the Switch Lite.

  • The quality of streaming can be damn abysmal, making it terrible for shooters.

  • The Android app lacks some necessary features. The iOS app is available for download but doesn’t work.

  • It’s a beta that Google wants you to pay money for. Don’t do it.

Microsoft's Xbox streaming app isn't official yet, but it's already way better than Google's new video game service .
Project xCloud is a new video game streaming service from Microsoft that lets gamers stream any Xbox One game directly to an Android phone. During its test period, Project xCloud is giving users access to dozens of free games in Microsoft's cloud, or they can stream their own collection from their Xbox at home. Project xCloud uses technology similar to Google's Stadia, another streaming video game service that launched earlier this week. However, Google is asking Stadia users to spend $US130 to access the service, and users only have access to about 20 games - many of which are being sold at full price.

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