Google’s a company known for being one of the most innovative forces in Silicon Valley – but that doesn’t mean that they always make the smartest decisions.
All one has to do is look at the myriad of products that have been dropped by google to see their track record isn’t perfect. Many think that their newest product, the game streaming service Stadia, will be the next on that list.
Stadia will be the new game-streaming platform being put forward by Google without a defined release date. The platform will work through an experimental technique of streaming the game to a device: this will mean that the game is really being played by a server in one of google’s data centers, with the inputs and display being moved from the screen to the servers constantly. Combined with Google Fiber, this can theoretically be just as reliable an experience as using any home console. The reality, though, is much more disappointing.
While Google’s demonstration was impressive, there were still some fatal hiccups in the system. When attempting to play the game, one of the testers had to repeatedly tap a button in order to make his character jump, and the game showed noticeable latency of up to half a second. This is completely unacceptable for many people who play games, not even speaking on any kind of competitive competitions. Also, this demo was presumably under ideal conditions, and still had incredibly noticeable deficiencies. The main problem of Stadia is how it limits its own market considerably.
The Stadia is meant for people interested in games, but don’t have the required hardware to run the same games. But, at the same time, Stadia will eat up huge amounts of data, being almost unusable for many people that want to use the service, since it’ll require a minimum of 20 megabits/s in order to be operable. Not to mention that being further away from a google data center will only increase the latency through the game, making players in areas such as the Brandon area almost unable to play any type of high-intensity game. This is the crux of why I don’t understand the Stadia: it’s meant primarily for those who live in high-tech areas like silicon valley: but, at the same time, the majority of people who are interested in playing games will most likely possess the required hardware to play games. At most, Stadia may see limited use by having exclusives or offering games not on a customer’s existing hardware. Other than those niche cases, the Stadia is made for a demographic that just doesn’t exist.