Google's upcoming video game streaming service Stadia aims to remove the middleman by letting you play games at 4K and 60 frames per second for almost any device as long as you have a decent internet connection. While this sounds pretty incredible on paper, it gives us many questions.
I joined with Kotaku 's Ethan Gach to talk about the things we find promising about this new service and the things that worry us about the future of streaming.
Watch the video to hear our thoughts or read a brief excerpt here:
Paul: Google claims that you can play games at 4K at 60 frames per second using a 30 Mbps connection which I suppose may be standard for some people but not to cater for people who have data capsules or scattered internet connections. If The big British baking show cuts off and starts to puff, I'm starting to get frustrated and it's no mistake, but my ISP. So I'm curious how their claims will stop when it comes out.
Ethan: I am a person who uses their Vita for remote play on PS4 very much, especially in a game such as Destiny or Anthem where I just grind an activity that doesn't require so much thought or precision while watching television with my partner. I think one of the things that was scary about the presentation was when they had all these devices lined up and the idea was "See you can go smoothly between all these devices, maintaining your point in the game as you are playing. "
It does not feel like a transformative way to play all your games as much as another tool or opportunity to enjoy them in the same way as remote games, cross-buy and cloud saves make the experience more seamless. This feels like another way to do these things, but not the holy grail that does all that.
Paul: Maybe it's enticing for people out there who haven't upgraded to a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X or who doesn't have a gaming PC. They're like "Oh yes, maybe I'll come back to games by opening a new Google Chrome Tab and jumping into Doom Eternal ."
Ethan: ] Therefore, I think the price is so important and they haven't talked about it yet. There was a point in the presentation where, on the screen behind Phill Harrison, they showed a mock-up of a stage app on the Google Play store, which made it seem like there would be a marketplace in this app where you wanted , theoretically buy Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $ 60. They haven't talked about whether the service, like YouTube, will be free.