What you need to know
- Google Stadia is a game streaming service from the search giant.
- It still doesn't have a lot of games that would attract a lot of people to the service.
- Business Insider managed to interview developers who have concerns about compensation and long-term survivability.
- You can purchase a Stadia: Premiere Edition for $130 on the Google Store.
Google Stadia is a cloud game streaming service that launched late last year. Since then, it hasn't really seen a tremendous influx of games and it seems like a lot of developers don't support the platform even after all this time. Additionally, image quality is also questionable since many games run at lower resolutions and sometimes frame rates than the Xbox One X.
Recently, Business Insider spoke with a number of game developers about their thoughts on Stadia. Unfortunately, some significant issues emerged during those discussions. The outlet said the following about the topic of compensation.
Since Stadia doesn't have a large subscriber base at the moment, or even active players in a game like Destiny 2, developers need to be reimbursed for their time to port a game over. However, there's a bigger issue of trust it seems. Developers said the following when asked about Stadia's long-term success.
Google has a history of shutting down services that don't work and Stadia may go the same route, even though it's completely unlikely since many gamers have invested hundreds of dollars in it already. However, you never know because the gaming industry is a volatile place.
Hopefully, Google will offer more money to developers and reassure them that the service won't be shut down in a year or two if it doesn't take off to the extent the company had hoped. There are a lot of threats to it right now, mostly from Xbox Project xCloud cloud game streaming, which has thousands of testers and is rumored to be part of Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription which has "millions of subscribers," according to Xbox's Phil Spencer.
What's going for Stadia right now, in my opinion, is the fact that it has a lot of amazing games as part of its Stadia Pro subscription that costs $10 a month. Titles like SteamWorld Dig 2 and other gems are available right now. If the company keeps this up, it may be able to attract a lot of gamers to the platform. I know that's why I still have my Stadia Pro subscription, and I'm sure there are others like me.
Everything you need
A good way to start
This bundle includes everything you need to get started with Stadia. It includes the controller, Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2, Samurai Shodown, and three months of the Stadia Pro subscription for you and a friend. It's a great way to begin your game streaming journey.
Pick up the parts
You can buy everything together or you can get just the basics for Stadia. The Chromecast Ultra is available to purchase now and lets you stream 4K TV as well as play games.
All you need
A firm grip on what's needed
The Stadia Controller is all you need to use Stadia if you already have the Chromecast Ultra. You can also use it on your other devices. Get the Wasabi colored one, it's gorgeous.
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