Google Stadia failures have been an understatement. Google promised 4K HDR cloud-based gaming to anyone with an internet connection and a screen. That didn't happen. It doesn't come to many as a surprise since gaming without lag can be difficult with a wired connection and a system to play on. Take one of those away and you rely solely on internet speed and connection.
Add in the problem of internet providers capping data for certain plans, and choking off speed if a household is using too much, Stadia has quite a few hurdles to overcome.
Here were three things that went wrong for Google Stadia.
3. Lack of Games
Google promised a wide variety of games which would be available at purchase, but that list has slowly dwindled as certain games have been pushed back. Here is the complete list of playable games. There are 22 total games.
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2
- Destiny 2: The Collection (available in Stadia Pro)
- Farming Simulator 2019
- Final Fantasy XV
- Football Manager 2020
- Grid 2019
- Just Dance 2020
- Metro Exodus
- Mortal Kombat 11
- NBA 2K20
- Rage 2
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Samurai Shodown (available in Stadia Pro)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Tomb Raider 2013
- Trials Rising
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
While the list seems impressive, every game has been out for some time. Some of them are more recent, but even the more impressive ones struggle with more issues down the list.
2. Technically Issues
There have already been reports by journalists trying out the product of frames drops, latency issues, and loading issues. One of the biggest updates you can do for your computer or PC is the inclusion of a SD card. Loading screens will load much faster, but you can't have that with an all-cloud service. Take NBA 2K20 for example. As one of the most popular games on the list, having any type of FPS or latency issues while playing online would be unbearable.
1. Higher Internet Speed
With the inclusion of an online gaming platform, the internet needs to be fast enough to keep up with the problems. Reports are saying the connection needs to be around 100mbps to have a smooth gaming experience. Although, some replied they had issues with internet speeds as fast as 150mbps.
Gamers could get away with lower speeds and still play at a high level since the game was localized. Not any longer. With internet speeds going up, expect to pay more if you want a smooth experience with Google Stadia.
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