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Stadia
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Making a cloud streaming service is no excuse for low effort. Besides, you're tearing our modems apart, Google!
Developer: Google
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Competitors: Amazon Luna
GeForce Now
PlayStation Now
Xbox Cloud Gaming
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 5
Xbox One
Xbox Series X/S
Generation: Eighth generation
Ninth generation


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

It is advertised to be capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range, to players via the company's numerous data centers across the globe, provided they are using a sufficiently high-speed internet connection. It is accessible through the Google Chrome web browser on personal computers, Pixel smartphones, supported smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, Razer and Asus, as well as Chrome OS tablets and Chromecast for TV support.

Why It Flopped

  1. The very concept of cloud gaming, while a good idea on paper, 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, thanks for the terrible server quality, which still hasn't been fixed as of January 2021.
  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.
    • On that note, there have been no Stadia-exclusive games since launch aside from Gylt, and to make matters worse, Google has announced that they're shutting down their first-party Stadia game studios, therefore preventing their cloud gaming service from getting a worthwhile exclusive title.
  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. This pretty much shows that Google didn't learn from the LeapFrog Didj or the Amstrad GX4000.
    • According to some sources, Stadia consumes over 7 GBs of data for 4K streaming.
  9. The system is very overpriced, costing US$99 for the Stadia itself, in addition to (optionally pay) US$10 to subscribe to Stadia Pro for 4K streaming, and HDR. You also still have to pay the regular prices for any game that you want to stream. Which in comparison, Nvidia's GeForce Now streaming service is much cheaper and it can be used in any computer and phone (though Google finally rectified the "Pixel only" rule, and now there is an experimental mode where you can play on an unsupported phone).
  10. You can't buy games from Stadia itself, because you need your phone (or a computer) to buy them.
  11. 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 2 are pretty inferior and 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: Genesis 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. There was no search bar to look for games that you want, which is very ironic, considering that Google is famous for their search engine.
    • A search bar was eventually added on April 28, 2021, which was almost a year and a half after the Stadia released.
  17. Updates and new games are ridiculously far and few, with the last update being on July 1, 2020.
    • In March 2020, some developers admitted that they believe that there's very little to no incentive to release more games on Stadia, explaining the low amount of games being released for it.
    • Just like the Wii U, its third party support is pretty poor, with it missing out on most games coming out for the PS4, Xbox One and the Switch, even though the console has up to "10.7 Teraflops of power" which is way more then base PS4/Xbox One and Nintendo Switch combined.
  18. It's a nightmare to disassemble due to Google strictly wanting it to be opened only by them. This makes DIY maintenance or repairs a challenge and will even give game repair shops a hard time.
  19. Google has reached a new low and decided to follow Epic Games' practice by paying studios to make their games timed exclusive to them (starting with Serious Sam 4).
    • On top of that, the timed exclusive is pointless since Google paid Croteam to make the consoles version to be released next year, instead of the PC version.
  20. It uses Linux OS which means both performance issues and porting difficulties similar to the Steam Machine.
  21. Google recently shut down their first party game studio, only worsening the already present fear that it will shut down.

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 Switch.
  3. Google recently brought out the free Stadia tier (formerly Stadia Base) which is completely free, and has 1080p streaming at 60fps. (Though it is still too little, too late)
  4. Despite the issues with the rubber, the controller feels very nice and is quite comparable to the PS4 controller or Xbox One controller.
  5. It received a few updates which fixed the missing launch features, like Google Assistant, Stream Connect, and Crowd Play. So the service is definitely way better than it was at launch.
  6. The service has far less input lag if playing wirelessly on a PC or a Phone (And if your TV has a Game Mode, that helps too), and you can even enable an experimental mode to make Stadia ignore the fact that your phone is unsupported and let you play with any phone.
  7. If any part of your Founder's Edition or Premiere Edition is defective or broken, Google's support team will replace it for you.
  8. Google is trying to make sure that Stadia is not discontinued.

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]

Google Stadia was featured on Gamers Nexus' "The Disappointment PC 2019: Worst Parts of the Year" video.

YouTuber YongYea had trouble running games like Destiny 2 without them 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 sockpuppet accounts and playing the SJW card by saying the controller is "gender-neutral" in an attempt to defend its launch but those did not help and only hurt 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 now moved to Nvidia's GeForce Now streaming service.

In response to poor sales, Google started to giveaway the Stadia Pro subscription.

With Project XCloud (Microsoft's cloud streaming service) now released and with it part of Xbox Game Pass, it is nearly pointless to have a Google Stadia subscription. YouTuber YongYea has stated that, unless Google overhauls or changes their business model, Stadia is doomed now that XCloud has been released.

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]
    • This could possibly explain why Serious Sam 4 is the console's first timed-exclusive game.

Videos

Comments


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Vicious187

17 months ago
Score 27
Seeing Google just fucking kill themselves always brightens my day.
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Vicious187

17 months ago
Score 8
Bonus points for that the room reference.
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Rath460

17 months ago
Score 6
Thanks, Vicious
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Grand Albert

17 months ago
Score 11
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

17 months ago
Score 5
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

17 months ago
Score 2
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

17 months ago
Score 3

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

17 months ago
Score 3
I better grab some popcorn cause seeing Google's console fail is looking to be very exciting
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Grand Albert

17 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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Glitchedblood

16 months ago
Score 1
thanks vicious
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Vicious187

15 months ago
Score 1
2 months later still don't give a fuck at all about cloud gaming,vr or mobile gaming.
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Paprika

17 months ago
Score 7
Somehow, this was supposed to kill cartridges and discs...
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Grust

17 months ago
Score 6
I'll never give up my physical media.
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DeciduousWater534

17 months ago
Score 5
If anything, it most likely made people appreciate physical copies that much more.
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Babajazz09

17 months ago
Score 3
More like trying to kill off local offline gameplay in general.
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SkyBlueYoshi

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

17 months ago
Score 4
You can't kill cartridges and discs, they exist in space unlike digital games.
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Grand Albert

17 months ago
Score 3
Quite laughable. Physical media for the win.
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MrStuff

13 months ago
Score 0
There’s a balance between Digital and Physical gaming: Physical copies are easier to get lost and take more effort to setup but takes up less storage and sometimes includes bonuses. Digital copies will always be ready to boot up and are more likely to get discounts on online stores but requires storage and if your console breaks without anything to save the purchases, their gone for good.
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LA2002

8 months ago
Score 0
I'm also NOT giving up on my physical media.
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Theworks84

6 months ago
Score 0
  1. PhysicalMediaMatters
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DNIguy64

17 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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Paprika

17 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.

17 months ago
Score 3
Honestly, I'm not at all surprised this plastic shell encasing orangutan diarrhea ended up on this wiki.
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LA2002

17 months 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

17 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

17 months ago
Score 3
Only difference is I see value in the Wii U.
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

13 months ago
Score 1
At least the Wii U wasn't that bad
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SpazJR61

13 months ago
Score 2

Wii U is much better than this shit.

This is more like Ouya 2.0.
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Rath460

17 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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Paprika

17 months ago
Score 2
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

17 months ago
Score 6
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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Paprika

17 months ago
Score 5
Yeah. They're not bad consoles in general.
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Rath460

17 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

17 months ago
Score 4
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

17 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

17 months ago
Score 5

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

17 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

17 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

17 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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Caulipower

8 months ago
Score 1

Objects don't have genders, unless...

What if they meant "It's suitable for both men and women".
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Grust

17 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

17 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

17 months ago
Score 5

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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Paprika

17 months ago
Score 1
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

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

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

17 months ago
Score 3
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

17 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

17 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

17 months ago
Score 0
Well, well, well...
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SpazJR61

17 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

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

17 months ago
Score 0
If you say so.
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LA2002

17 months 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

17 months 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

17 months 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

17 months ago
Score 1

I can sum the Google Stadia in three words

DEAD ON ARRIVAL
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Johnson05ethan

16 months ago
Score -2
Man google sucks anyway but this is just awful
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Hinami

16 months ago
Score -1

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

15 months ago
Score 1
At least it is still good at searching things online for you.
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Kringe

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

15 months 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

15 months 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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Lake's Wild World

11 months ago
Score 0
Well, the Game.Com's biggest fatal flaw was the horrible screen, which was no excuse for the time, especially with the ghosting issues. There wasn't an excuse for the terrible sound quality, either. It's a system you don't even need to play to know how bad it is.
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Mr. Tenno

15 months ago
Score 0
Stadia has now gone full Epic, but worse.
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HammerBro101

15 months ago
Score 1
It should say, "Why It Will Flop".
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HammerBro101

15 months ago
Score 0
I'm just saying this because it hasn't been discontinued as of right now.
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SpazJR61

14 months ago
Score 0
It was already flopped so horribly.
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HunterZolomon

15 months ago
Score 2
GeForce Now killed this shit
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SpazJR61

14 months ago
Score 1
Nvidia GeForce Now > This atrocious dumpster fire
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ReceptionWikiFan

14 months ago
Score 0
I have bought this and i am very angry >:(
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SkyBlueYoshi

13 months ago
Score 0
This game console was basically dead on arrival
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HunterZolomon

13 months ago
Score 0
It's Ouya 2.0 with more technology
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Pacsonic9000

12 months ago
Score 6

Google's not the first to do this. This dates as early as the mid 2010s with a console known as the Flare Play. I found out about it back then via ads on YouTube saying "Say no to pricey consoles and discs". It was this but it had its own tv dongle and while it featured console games, most of the games were mobile games and was aimed for kids. I believe it was only sold online and maybe only at Toys R Us. It didn't do so well and it failed.

Here's a video of HSN advertising it.

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Dragos133

8 months ago
Score 0
Epic fail. Easily the worst console ever. The fact that it was rushed for Thanksgiving proves that the eight generation of consoles was very troubled. Sure, we got the PS4, Xbox One and The Nintendo Switch, but this console has one of the worst console launches since the Sega Saturn in 1995.
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HunterZolomon

7 months ago
Score 0
I don't bought any consoles since PS3. I loved PS3 but game prices is fucking high
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LuigiMan050-5

5 months ago
Score 0
What if I said I was actually hyped for it...?
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AgentLocke

5 months ago
Score 0
The Ouya 2
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TerWebz

5 months ago
Score 2
I disagree, the Ouya had emulators and could be played offline.
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Lsw1002

5 months ago
Score 0
I've heard that there's gonna be a new Stade-exclusive PAC-MAN game. What was Bandai Namco even thinking?
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Trevor807

5 months ago
Score 1
The same thoughts as Krabs.
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Gabe The Dog

4 months ago
Score -3

😡
















BTW it's a joke
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SpazJR61

4 months ago
Score 0
I smell so much LeroyManTheFirst.
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The Dunkman

2 months ago
Score 0
Nah, the same thoughts as the male villain from Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992).
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Master Chief

5 months ago
Score 1
Remember when this thing was first showcased and the first thing the guy said was "I'm not a gamer". Also remember when this was announced back in 2017 as like Google Yeti or something
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The Dunkman

2 months ago
Score 1

This is what Stadia should have been:

-Practically make it a Netflix like type of gaming system

-Make it free with owning a Google Account can make you get achievements and Online Play with Friends

-Make it compatible with all phones

-And finally, allowing you to post gameplay of it in YouTube.
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Your Typical Random Dude

2 months ago
Score 0
This is google version of ps4
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LuigiMan050-5

27 days ago
Score 0
Google goes SJW? What a bunch of fuck! What kind of tech company does that?
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Obi-Wan Skywalker86

27 days ago
Score 0
Why do you think that Google is going to be SJW?
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LuigiMan050-5

26 days ago
Score 0
I know that Google isn't trying to go SJW or side with that ideology, but did they just play the SJW card in response to... criticism?!
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Robertoiglesias271

22 days ago
Score 0
I am going to laugh so hard at this
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MordeyMay

16 days ago
Score 0
Unlike consoles, Stadia takes up no space in the trash can.
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Code yellow

10 days ago
Score 0
the marketing ACUTALLY makes the wii u ads GREAT!
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EdEddandEddyFan

4 days ago
Score 1
With John Justice gone, Stadia can now peacefully crash and burn.
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Code yellow

one day 13 hours 29 minutes ago
Score 0
Stadia=Hyperscan
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Code yellow

one day 13 hours 27 minutes ago
Score 0
wait IM SORRY Hyperscan>stadia at least the hyperscan doesnt rely on internet!

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