Beamer wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 09:40:
Jonjonz wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 06:34:
It always amazes me just how willing game review sites are willing to pull their punches just to stay in the good graces of the sources of their free games and stuff. What a chorus of "it's not that bad, as long as you don't pay attention to the details."
Stadia is a luxury product aimed at the trust fund kids of the 1% with way more money than sense.
Have you tried it? Then how do you know comments like "massively disappointing" are "pulling punches?"
And considering there are people here with graphics cards that cost in the 4 figure range, I'd say we can't really pass judgment on people spending money on gaming.
While it was the Beta test, I played the Assassin's Creed Oddessy streaming back when it was out a year ago, and, it wasn't even close to being at an acceptable level. The graphics were trash compared even to console, and, far more importantly, the game did not handle well, even on a connection which was wildly overkill (I was able to test on both a stable home connection, and, a University connection, during break, with absolutely minuscule latency and an absurd amount of bandwidth). At the time, I'll admit that it felt borderline acceptable, being that I had never played an AC game... until I played the standard version afterwards. A console would be the vastly superior experience, let alone a PC of decent strength. There was just no comparison - the game just played so much more smoothly. The experience as a whole was affected by how much better it felt.
The only people I believe who should be considering Stadia, based upon my personal experience of the Beta, and the reviews coming out now which seem to coincide with my previous experience, are people who do not want to expend almost any money in hardware to be able to play the odd game, or *MUST* be able to take it with them without lugging significant hardware. That is the only viable market that I can see. If it works for them - cool. I'm all about people being able to get into something they want to try. I think there does exist an audience that could use this and be happy with it.
It is not made for traditional gamers though. It shouldn't be marketed to core gamers, and the reviews that "matter" should be the ones from non-gaming publications, since their audiences should be the real target market.
Just an opinion, and, while I haven't tried the production Stadia service which is now out, I don't think they've done anything to justify me doing so. I'm clearly not who they're trying to sell this to.