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The cloud streaming service Google Stadia launched in November 2019. How do you view its current chances for commercial success?

Good 5 0.59%
 
It has potential 44 5.19%
 
Could go either way 48 5.66%
 
It's looking bleak now 299 35.26%
 
It's a non-starter 278 32.78%
 
Indifferent to the whole thing 174 20.52%
 
Total:848

Late last year Google launched their could streaming service Stadia with 22 games. Since then it has been rather quiet about it and the frequency of game releases has been slow. How do you view Stadia's current chances for commercial success?

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Bonus question: Much of the controversy surrounding Stadia has been about the question of game ownership. Which distribution models for games are you okay with and to what degree? The options include physical, digital and streaming.



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Define commercial success.

As for game ownership I find that debate a bit ridiculous considering where people come from. Game ownership only exists anymore on DRM free games on PC and console games prior gen 7. You don't own a Stadia game any less than a current gen console game.

Last edited by vivster - on 22 June 2020

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vivster said:
Define commercial success.

Right, this is Google we are talking about. Normally, commercial success means something that brings in good profits, but in Google's case we might want to extend the definition to "moneypit they keep around because they believe in it", like they did for Youtube.



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It's soon to be killed and I believe in ownership. Taking that away is anti-consumer. I will sacrifice convenience for ownership.

Last edited by Leynos - on 22 June 2020

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Turning into quite the money pit, isn't it?



They screwed up. Game performance was worse than it should be this service should have rivalled next-gen in performance with zero upfront costs. Instead the performance in some areas failed to match Xbox One X.

Any hype was also killed by them destroying their one advantage (no hardware costs) by having the stupid founders edition (£129) be the only way to use the service for the first 6-8 months.

It's not impossible for the service to make a comeback, but they really messed up the launch big time. Should have waited a year.



I don't mind Google and Apple making tons of money off their smartphone/tablet ios/Google play store but I do have a problem when I see them trying to break into the more traditional gaming market. I just don't respect either company compared to the big 3. I have zero interest in streaming games. I was one of first to adopt streaming through Netflix yet video game streaming is far different than streaming a show or movie. I don't see video game streaming making a major dent in traditional sales till 2030 or so.  I'd like to see stadia fail like their Google glasses.



I think Stadia is THE example why an all streaming gaming platform doesn't work from the ground up. Paying Google money to lease a server and paying each publisher money to stream titles is frankly stupid and more expensive then buying a console and games. Just paying for Stadia and buying the games might be an uncertain investment with Google's reputation and in time, a Stadia subscription is not financially more interesting then buying a console.
Sony and Microsoft's streaming services are different, since they can tap into a much larger library of games and already have a lot of contact and leverage over publishers.
Streaming will prove to be just another option next to digital and physical games. Just as the balkanization of video streaming platforms might make buying discs more interesting again.



They going heavy with discounts, which tells me it’s bad and they are desperate to bump their numbers.

It’s just a terrible service to have to pay full price for games when Game Pass gives them to you for just the monthly subscription. No cross platform compatibility like Play Anywhere. No 1st party exclusives that set it apart. When Game Pass merges with Xcloud once it hits PCs and mobile, Stadia will have 0 redeeming qualities.



Xbox: Best hardware, Game Pass best value, best BC, more 1st party genres and multiplayer titles.