Google's upcoming video game streaming service Stadia aims to eliminate the middleman by allowing you to play games at 4K and 60 frames per second on almost any device, as long as you have a decent Internet connection. While this sounds incredible on paper, it raises a lot of questions.
I sat down with Ethan Gach from Kotaku to talk about the things that are promising us about this new service and things that worries us about the future of streaming.
Watch the video to hear our thoughts, or read a short excerpt here:
Paul: Google claims that you can play games at 4K at the age of 60 frames per second using a 30Mbps connection, which may be standard for some people, but does not take into account those who have disks or throttled Internet connections. When cuts off The Great British Baking Show and starts buffering, I start feeling frustrated and it's not anyone's fault of my ISP. I wonder how their claims will hold up when it comes out.
Ethan: I'm someone who uses his Vita frequently for a remote play on the PS4, especially in a game like Destiny or Anthem in which I am currently doing an activity that does not require so much thought or precision while watching TV with my partner. I think one of the things that was disingenuous about the presentation was when they put all these devices in a row, and the idea was, "You can seamlessly switch between all these devices to get your point in the game play ,
This does not feel like a transformative way to play all your games, but rather another tool or option to enjoy them in the same way as Remote Play, Cross-Buy and Cloud saves Experience seamless. This feels like another way to do these things, but not the holy grail to do all this.
Paul: Maybe that's tempting for people out there who have not upgraded to a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X or who does not have a gaming PC. They're like, "Oh yeah, maybe I'll get back into the game by opening a new Google Chrome tab and jumping in Doom Eternal ."
Ethan: So I think the price is so important and they have not talked about it yet. There was a point in the presentation where a model of a Stadia app was shown on the screen behind Phill Harrison in the Google Play store, giving the impression that there is a marketplace in this app where you buy Theoretically Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $ 60. They have not talked about whether the service like YouTube will be free.