Google Stadia

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Google Stadia
Google Stadia.jpg
You are tearing our modems apart, Googleǃ
Developer: Google
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Competitors: Nintendo SwitchAGW
PlayStation 4AGW
Xbox OneAGW
Generation: Eighth generation


Google Stadia is a cloud based gaming service developed and published by Google. It was released in 18 countries on November 19, 2019.

Why It Flopped

  1. The very concept of cloud gaming is very unreliable, as you need a constant uninterrupted internet connection to even play games. Any form of internet lag can make the games unplayable, and considering that the Stadia is very demanding, many houses without high-speed internet literally cannot use Stadia at all because of this issue.
    • Additionally, since the user doesn't own any games they purchase and if the servers shut down in the future, all those games the user spent money on (see below) would be permanently lost forever.
    • Unlike movies and music, which can be cloud-streamed with little trouble because the file is always the same for every user, games are significantly more complicated to cloud stream.
  2. The device suffers from horrible input lag and bad optimization, with delays up to two to five seconds between the player clicking the button and the game responding depending on the user's internet speed.
  3. Bad Presentation: All that is included in the box is the controller, a Chromecast Ultra, and some useless manuals and thank-you cards.
  4. The rubber used on the Stadia's controller isn't good as it collects sweat and condensation way too easily and takes forever to dry, as seen in Daniel Ibbertson's unboxing video for the console.
  5. The smartphone mount for the controller is very awkward and intrusive as it blocks the view of most of the buttons and you need to be quite close to the phone just to play anything on it.
  6. Terrible lineup of launch titles with one exclusive (Gylt) and games people already played or they can get physically/digitally. Ten additional launch games were added at the last minute but none of them are system sellers.
    • While it is true that other consoles have indeed been released with few launch titles before, those included an exclusive system seller game to boost early sales, which Stadia lacked. The only real exclusive Stadia launched with is Gylt which isn't a system seller.
  7. False advertising: One of the selling points of the Stadia is that it's capable of streaming games in 4K resolution at 60fps, but many games on the platform are incapable of doing so.
  8. Streaming in 4K at 60 FPS consumes an absurd amount of internet data, which is terrible for houses and telecom plans with internet data caps.
    • To make matters worse, the Stadia can easily overload your modem or the Chromecast Ultra included to the point where it can genuinely become a fire hazard.
    • According to some sources, Stadia consumes over 7 GBs of data for 4K streaming.
  9. The system is very overpriced, costing US$129 for the Stadia itself, in addition to (optionally pay) US$10 to subscribe to the service for 4K streaming. You also still have to pay the regular prices for any game that you want to stream.
  10. A ton of features advertised in the Stadia's reveal trailer were completely absent from the console itself when it was released (e.g Stream Connect, State Share, Crowd Play).
  11. You can't buy games from Stadia itself, because you need your phone to buy them.
    • It's very awkward to play motion-control games like Just Dance 2020 on the Stadia in the mobile mode as you need another phone to connect to it just to play it.
  12. A lot of people who pre-ordered the Founder's Edition did not receive the access codes to their Stadias at launch.
  13. Many games like Red Dead Redemption 2AGW have worse graphics than on consoles, which hurts since you stream the games (meaning you don't need an expensive computer for high settings).
    • In addition to this, many of the games perform worse than on consoles despite the inferior graphics.
  14. Some of the games on the platform cost more money than on other platforms for seemingly no good reason. One example includes Darksiders costing 10 dollars more on Stadia.
  15. The advertisements are random and nonsensical. They've tried to be hip and relevant, but fails with cheesy and over-the-top effects, and stupid dialogue.
  16. One of the main advantages of Stadia is that you can play literally anywhere with your TV or phone, however not all of them are compatible with Stadia, it doesn't even help that you need more Chromecast Ultra to stream on more than one platform.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The Stadia comes with a free Chromecast Ultra, allowing you to freely watch TV shows and movies on your TV or monitor.
  2. The controller can be used with PC games that support Xbox 360/One controllers and has a direct capture button, making it the second console to have such a feature, the first being the Nintendo SwitchAGW.
  3. Google gives you US$30 worth of the Stadia Pro subscription with both the Premiere and Founder's Editions, which last until February 2020. This is also when Google plans to bring out Stadia Base, which is free and has 1080p streaming.

Reception

Google Stadia received mixed to negative reviews from critics but was panned by gamers alike.

John Saavedra of Den of Geek gave the Google Stadia 3.5/5, praising its crossplay feature while criticizing its abysmal launch lineup and lack of features.[1]

Alex Hern of The Guardian gave the Google Stadia 3/5, praising its uniqueness and minimalism while criticizing the fact the nobody asked for it and Google focusing too much on marketing it.[2]

Youtuber YongYea had trouble running games like Destiny 2 without lagging, even on high-speed Internet connections, and when he retries it on Ethernet, it somehow downgrades the graphics.

In response to the poor early reception, Google made several PR statements and sockpuppet accounts in an attempt to defend its launch but those did not help and only hurted the Stadia's own image even more.

As a result, many people quit using Stadia, even the die hard fans who kept defending the platform.

Trivia

  • Alen Ladavac, who is one of the six founders of Croatian indie game studio and creator of the Serious Sam franchise Croteam, left Croteam in October 2019 to co-develop the Google Stadia.[3]

Videos

Google Stadia's official trailer
Engadget's review of Google Stadia
Android Authority's review of Google Stadia
GameXplain's review of Google Stadia
DreamcastGuy's review of Google Stadia
boogie2988's review of Google Stadia
Julien Chièze's review of Google Stadia
gameranx's review of Google Stadia

Comments


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Vicious187

2 months ago
Score 9
Seeing Google just fucking kill themselves always brightens my day.
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Vicious187

2 months ago
Score 5
Bonus points for that the room reference.
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Rath460

2 months ago
Score 4
Thanks, Vicious
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Grand Albert

2 months ago
Score 6
It is amazing how this device was released just yesterday and there already was a lot of information and facts about it, enough to make a complete article.
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Grust

2 months ago
Score 4
That's because every announcement when this thing was in development was not well received. I already knew enough that this was not worth getting.
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Vicious187

2 months ago
Score 1
Like seewater said this is going to make us appreciative physical media more and physical media can never die at all as there always has and always will be an audience for physical media.
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Masson Thief

2 months ago
Score 2

Grand Albert, it's been months I was seeing ads for this thing while attending to an on-line digital marketing course on Google.

I was curious about it and wanted to buy it but I was sad I couldn't because being unemployed I lack the money, so hooray for my unemployment!

This is also the first time I see a console flopping in real time, I am excited!
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SkyBlueYoshi

2 months ago
Score 2
I better grab some popcorn cause seeing Google's console fail is looking to be very exciting
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Grand Albert

2 months ago
Score 1
Oh right, I always forget games and consoles get a lot of announcements and updates before release nowadays.
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Glitchmaster

one month ago
Score 1
thanks vicious
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Kesner

2 months ago
Score 5
Somehow, this was supposed to kill cartridges and discs...
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Grust

2 months ago
Score 4
I'll never give up my physical media.
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Seewater514

2 months ago
Score 4
If anything, it most likely made people appreciate physical copies that much more.
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Babajazz09

2 months ago
Score 2
More like trying to kill off local offline gameplay in general.
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SkyBlueYoshi

2 months ago
Score 2
Yeah the lack of foresight on Google's part was is staggering
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Masson Thief

2 months ago
Score 3
You can't kill cartridges and discs, they exist in space unlike digital games.
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Grand Albert

2 months ago
Score 2
Quite laughable. Physical media for the win.
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DNIguy64

2 months ago
Score 4
I mean, this is Google's first time making a video game console, should've seen this coming.
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Kesner

2 months ago
Score 3
Pretty much, even though Google is one of the most valuable companies in the world so there's no excuse why the console's performance was this bad.
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Hayden B.

2 months ago
Score 2
Honestly, I'm not at all surprised this plastic shell encasing orangutan diarrhea ended up on this wiki.
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LA2002

one month ago
Score 1
You're obviously referencing the Angry Video Game Nerd's review of "Lester the Unlikely", which had him comparing the game to orangutan diarrhea at one point. I saw that review and it was pretty funny.
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Sonicx9us

2 months ago
Score 2
Stadia aka the Wii U 2.0 stop gap failure compared to PS5 and next Xbox Scarlet.
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Grust

2 months ago
Score 2
Only difference is I see value in the Wii U.
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LA2002

one month ago
Score 2
And another difference as well, Grust, is that the Wii U is actually a good console, but it was a flop that was quite embarrassing even by Nintendo's standards, though its failure was nowhere as bad as that of the Virtual Boy, and Nintendo would eventually learn from the Wii U's mistakes via the success of the Nintendo SwitchAGW.
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Rath460

2 months ago
Score 4
I just learned that a lot of people who pre-ordered the Founder's Edition did not receive the access codes to their Stadias on launch day.
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Kesner

2 months ago
Score 1
This feels like the Wii U or Sega Saturn of the 9th generation (it feels like 9th gen with PS5 and Xbox Two next year) because it has performance issues and terrible sales. If you catch my drift.
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Grust

2 months ago
Score 5
Only difference is I still love Wii U and Saturn and both can still be played and despite their flaws are good consoles. Once Google drops support, the Stadia will die and thus I have no desire to get it.
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Kesner

2 months ago
Score 3
Yeah. They're not bad consoles in general.
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Rath460

2 months ago
Score 4
You're right, Grust. Even though support for both consoles were discontinued, you can still play physical copies of games released on both consoles.
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Grust

2 months ago
Score 3
It's why physical will always be superior. I see the benefit of digital for ease of access, but once a digital game is gone, you may never get a chance to play it. Look at P.T.
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Mr. Tenno

2 months ago
Score 1
I did not want one anyways. I was expecting to it to be bad. It has some games I already have on PS4.
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Grust

2 months ago
Score 3

Apparently Google is playing the SJW card by saying the controller is "gender neutral" in a pathetic attempt to save this thing.

Newsflash, all controllers are gender neutral. Only reason I haven't added it to why it flopped was because this was already dead on arrival and I found it too damn funny.
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Rath460

2 months ago
Score 1
I know, Grust, but I'm still adding it anyways as this shows that they can't take criticism and had gone woke.
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LA2002

2 months ago
Score 1

Well, if that dick-move made by Google was in 1000 Ways To Die, it would sound like this:

"IDIOT ALERT!!! This is stupid!"

And the "Idiot Alert" I'm quoting is from the "Injecti-cide" segment, when Cidra decides to inject corn oil into her face in an attempt to substitute Botox, which backfires heavily and causes her demise.
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LA2002

2 months ago
Score 1
And if I was the Joker, I would show no mercy to Google for that extreme stupidity.
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Grust

2 months ago
Score 1
I only said I wouldn't bother adding. Never said you couldn't. I just laughed.
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Sonicx9us

2 months ago
Score 0
BTW we should add over 90 games from the big 3 on everything but Stadia: https://www....ogle_stadia/ aka For everthing but Wii U 2!
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SkyBlueYoshi

2 months ago
Score 4

The Stadia will not last long on the market and I have no plans to buy this piece of shit

Speaking of which, The logo looks like a piece of shit when flipped upside down
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Kesner

2 months ago
Score 0
Yeah people keep using it as a joke by turning the logo upside down and coloring it brown to make it look like a pile of shit.
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Masson Thief

2 months ago
Score 1
That's disgusting, something maybe not even a kindergarten child would do.
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What.jpeg

2 months ago
Score 0
Stadia: Buring your modems and wasting 7GB/s of internet!
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Grust

2 months ago
Score 2
I've already warned my future nephew not to get this piece of crap. Thankfully although he's 15, he's interested in classic gaming. Especially the SNES, my favorite console of all time.
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Grand Albert

2 months ago
Score 0
So he has a crazy uncle like the Thing does. He got interested in golden age gaming on his own or did you have something to do with it?
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Grust

2 months ago
Score 0
He's play SNEs at his grandmother's house. Also his mom is my brother's fiance.
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LA2002

one month ago
Score 0
Well, well, well...
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SpazJR61

2 months ago
Score 1
Literally, that's why I still prefer physical media over to digital media, even on the PC games.
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Maxkatzur

2 months ago
Score 1
Please do not buy this console at all costs.
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What.jpeg

one month ago
Score 0
If you say so.
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LA2002

one month ago
Score 0
If Google learned anything from the Ouya's failure, the failure of the Stadia clearly proves that they've learned nothing.
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Dorkfishie

one month ago
Score 1
You know something went horribly wrong when both the ads I saw all the time on YouTube AND the reviews of it are more entertaining than the actual console itself.
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Rath460

one month ago
Score 0
Welp, I just learned that one of the six founders of Croteam, the creator of the Serious Sam franchise, left the company to co-develop the Stadia
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SkyBlueYoshi

one month ago
Score 1

I can sum the Google Stadia in three words

DEAD ON ARRIVAL
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Johnson05ethan

one month ago
Score 0
Man google sucks anyway but this is just awful
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Hinami

one month ago
Score 0

Just like Konami, Google used to be cool. A decade ago, you would think of them as a carefree inventor who actually listen to you and make something you want to use or at least give it a try.

That Google is dead. ;_;
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Botbuster

10 days ago
Score 0
At least it is still good at searching things online for you.
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Kanna MTFK Kamui

7 days ago
Score 0
The true definition of "Sound good, doesn't work".
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Gene0129

7 days ago
Score 1

This is the modern day Tiger game.com.

To elaborate: Both systems sound great on paper, but we just don't (didn't) have the technology to make it work properly.
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SpazJR61

7 days ago
Score 0

Also Nokia N-Gage has a novel idea on paper but sadly, it also poorly executed as well.

Stadia in other hand, its actually not a great idea.
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Mr. Tenno

7 days ago
Score 0
Stadia has now gone full Epic, but worse.

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