Google Stadia Might Not Be Everything You Hoped

Google Stadia is Google’s new gaming platform. Much like a PlayStation or an Xbox, it is used strictly for playing video games. Google Stadia is different, however, because it streams games instead of downloading them. While this seems like the next step for gaming technology, some setbacks are already arising in Google Stadia. Stadia released on November 19th , 2019 after over a year in advertising for its release. Stadia’s biggest selling point was playing a big title game in your Google Chrome browser with no download at 4k quality and 60 frames per second. Google did in fact deliver on their promise.

Stadia is everything it is advertised as: there is absolutely no download time, you can play anywhere you have a monitor or TV, and at 4k and 60fps if your Wi-Fi is able. It’s the perfect thing for anyone travelling who wants to keep playing.

However, what Stadia does not do is add any other qualities than availability; 4k-60fps is pretty much default in any gaming system. This means that Stadia will feel like the same thing, or even worse, as other gaming systems, and would be used more for its availability and portability.

Stadia is meant for accessibility and convenience, not for top of the line gaming. It is a streaming service, and on top of the “very good but not too special” graphics, there is noticeable delay in actions like key presses. The delay can be controlled depending on how Stadia is set up, including the speed of your Internet, whether you are on an Ethernet connection or wireless, using a wired controller, and proximity to servers. Even on optimal settings for minimal delay, it is still more noticeable, and most people won’t be using the optimal settings. Nevertheless, Stadia gaming is not impossible with this little delay. It just isn’t as flawless as other platforms with downloads. This makes Stadia great if you’re in a hotel or somewhere with Wi-Fi and are away from your usual gaming platform, but usually it will seem sub-par in terms of performance.

mAfter a $129 purchase, Stadia arrives in the box with only the unique Google Stadia controller and a small cylinder called the Google Chromecast Ultra to plug into your TV. Everything else is handled by Google’s servers.

Playing a game is just as easy as setting it up. Using the app with Stadia, you can log in to Games you already have like Destiny 2, and be able to stream your own Destiny 2 characters by pressing play on the app. No download, just instant gameplay.  Besides performance issues, Stadia also has another flaw about it that many people may be turned away by: Stadia’s selection of available games is fairly limited. They have several big and popular games like Destiny 2, Borderlands 3, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Final Fantasy XV, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and more, but in total Stadia only offers 42 games.

For those who play Stadia’s offered games, it might be a consideration or something worth getting. Stadia will also be constantly updated to include more games, and updates in the future will improve input delays and network reliability.
For now, however, Stadia seems to be before its time, but given that time, Stadia will be the next step in gaming innovation.