Can Google Stadia Compete With Video Game Consoles?

Can Google Stadia Compete With Video Game Consoles?


Talk of console wars has
dominated video games for years. There are gamers who swear by the benefits
of gaming in front of a keyboard and mouse on a custom built P.C., while others prefer the convenience and
ubiquity of consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation. Those console brands in
particular have built a name for themselves as powerhouses in the
world of convenient at-home gaming. Microsoft sold 30 million units of the
Xbox One console between its release and November 2013 and the end of 2017. Sony sold 73 million units of the
PlayStation 4 console and that same time period. Video games are a
big business in 2018. Video games and EA
Sports generated about $24.4 billion in revenue about $2
dollars higher than 2017. The industry is expected to hit $31 billion
by 2023, but at the same time, console sales are falling. Console sales were forecast to decline by
12 percent in 2019 compared to the year before. But there’s a new player
in the game: streaming video game platforms. The reason that streaming is
appealing to consumers in a vacuum is that it obviates the
need to purchase a console. You could play from anywhere, on any device,
at any time and you don’t need to worry about your
hardware becoming obsolete. Google’s Stadia, Microsoft’s Project xCloud
and Nvidia’s GeForceNow make it easy to play top tier games without
the top tier console or p.c. The subscription -based services stream video
games from high -end gaming machines through the cloud, and that means
the future of video games may no longer need the console. Video games are a phenomenon that have
largely taken shape over the last 50 years. Arcades and at -home consoles launched
in the early 1970s and quickly flourished into a booming industry. Magnavox presents Odyssey The Electronic
Game of the Future. The Atari video computer system is
20 cartridges with 1300 game variations you play on your own TV set. But those really were the only options
for gaming in the beginning, at least until the personal
computer became popular. The p.c brought with it a new
way to play with friends too. As the advent of the internet meant
more and more people were hopping online, but consoles
weren’t there yet. It’s largely the famed release of the
PlayStation 2 in 2000 and the original Xbox in 2001 that brought console gaming
into the form we know today. Those consoles were praised at the time
for their breadth of content and specs and largely saw rave reviews. But the feature that was arguably the
most ambitious for these consoles was their internet connectivity. The original iteration of the PlayStation
2 didn’t come with Internet connectivity built in. It was sold as a separate accessory. But the original Xbox did, and
both Sony and Microsoft launched online services for these consoles about a
year after their release, Sony’s online connectivity was limited and largely relied
on individual game makers to facilitate the servers for those games,
much like how PC gaming works. But X-Box launched a whole new subscription
model as a way to manage online gaming. Xbox Live. Xbox’s subscription service facilitated online
gaming of legendary titles like Halo 2 and created a cultural
phenomenon of playing with anyone, at any time, around the world. There were a couple of
caveats to online play, though. The first was that you had to
have a fast enough Internet connection, and the second was the requirement that the
person you were playing with had the same console as you, regardless of
whether the game was available on multiple platforms. This lack of cross-platform play ability has
been a problem in the gaming industry for years. Even as the new generation of consoles
were released, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 came with exclusive games that
would only be played on their platform and on their servers. It suddenly became important which console
you had in which your friends were playing on. The PlayStation 3 came
with the new PlayStation Network, a free platform that allowed users to
get online with an optional premium PlayStation Plus that gave users
special perks and discounts. And massively successful video games like
Grand Theft Auto Online had tens of millions of players around the world
who only saw fellow players on the same console. But fast forward to 2020
and the sentiment of the walled garden of online gaming
is starting to change. Games like Fortnight, Rocket League and
Call of Duty Modern Warfare have done away with this and allowed anyone
with any console to play each other. And these games have
been massively successful. As of March 2019, Fortnite has 250
million people logging in to play with others. Suddenly consoles are becoming
less and less important. Performance on both the Xbox and the
PlayStation is solid and more games are starting to allow you to game with
others regardless of what you’re playing on. So is there a
need for consoles anymore? They know consoles are going away. They know that streaming in 20 years
is going to be so ubiquitous that you’re just not going
to need a console. Gamers have been wanting to take their
video games with them for years and console makers are starting to provide
services like PlayStation Now and Xbox Play Anywhere, stream your consoles games
to a screen of your choice. But these have been imperfect solutions that
still rely on you to shell out the cash for a console to begin
with, OnLive and GeForce Now changed that. And they were the first real streaming
services for games that used offsite company, owned hardware to
deliver games to users. And now Google Stadia has entered the
mix and promised 4K gaming over the internet entirely on Google’s servers. All you need is an account,
a screen and a controller. Stadia even has a selection of games. It includes in its
paid subscription for $9.99 a month. If you go with the free
version, you’ll have to buy the games yourself. Microsoft has also started planning
its foray into the streaming game wars Project xCloud is meant
to take on Google’s directly, streaming games from Microsoft’s own
cloud computing infrastructure. And really, it makes sense that these
are the two big players in the streaming gaming industry right now. Google and Microsoft are responsible
for a combined 19.5 percent of cloud infrastructure
services in twenty eighteen. Microsoft Azure is 15.5 percent of that. Combine that with
Microsoft’s mastery of gaming with its Xbox platform, and the company stands a
real chance to take hold of the streaming video game industry. Delivering a seamless streaming experience really
is a function of data centers more than anything. I mean, the technology knowing that Gaikai
and OnLive, had the technology 10 years ago and it was
not perfect, but it worked. And here we are 10 years later. You know, E.A.’s doing
it on mobile phones. I mean, I’ve seen it and E.A. is, you know, a small T
tech company, unlike Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Sony are bigger
T tech companies. In short, these companies could drive people
to streaming instead of to the store to buy a console. So what does all of this new
tech mean for the future of consoles? Can Stadia really replace them? So Stadia has been a great idea. It’s been a lot of fun to play
at home, but I’ve noticed in the community, especially on Reddit, people are upset about
a bunch of things, whether it’s a lack of updates or a lack of games. Stadia is not necessarily a concern
for Microsoft or Sony, who’ve now announced Xbox Series X
and PlayStation 5. Xbox Series X seems like it’s going to be
more of a service in addition to a console, so might see xCloud
built out into that. Or maybe console owners get access to
streaming video games or just people can go out and buy
a streaming subscription from Microsoft. Microsoft is banking on the future
of streaming games with its project xCloud. But in this first iteration,
there are just too many opportunities for streaming to go wrong, particularly
when gaming on the go. At times, playing on 4G LTE meant
frozen screens, choppy audio and controls having a mind of their own and Stadia
itself isn’t ready to fully take on video game consoles. You need one of
Google’s latest smartphones to play on the go or a computer running Chrome
if you want to play at home. Some of these problems are growing pains
for any new service, but others are out of any one company’s hand. So what needs to change? 5G could be the linchpin in
making a service like this work. The increased speed and throughput could mean
even users in a crowded city could see lag -free gaming. In urban areas like cities, you
have wireless carriers launching what’s called millimeter wave 5G and that’s about
10 times faster than 4G LTE. There’s also this sub-six gigahertz 5G, which
isn’t much faster than 4G LTE. So what you really need is more areas
with the millimeter wave 5G so that people with Stadia can play games with
fast enough speeds to connect online and stream all these graphics. But 5G is only available in select
locations by most providers in the U.S., with them promising to expand in 2020. And that technology, too, is
in its early stages. Some early testing of 5G has found
that speeds are largely dependent on how close you are to the tower or if you
have a clear line of sight and more. The solution for 5G is put a
tower on every single streetlight, which means the real estate’s there, power supply is
there and it doesn’t go through the glass so we’re all going to have to
have some kind of router that has an external receiver and suddenly everybody’s
going to have internet everywhere and super high speed. That’s the best thing that could happen
to any content owners who wants to distribute their content. Then there’s the
service itself, which only has a handful of games to play. Google has announced that it will add 120
titles to its service in 2020, but until these games are available, there
could be little incentive for people to take the service seriously. And that really is what could make
or break a streaming service like this. The more people that join, the more
people there are for companies to cater to and more players to interact with. This is where a service like
Google Stadia could live or die. Google is known for how readily it
will kill a service if it’s unpopular. So one of my biggest fears with
Stadia still remains, and that’s that Google has canceled dozens of products in the
past that they don’t take off decides that just no longer
interested in the market. And I think Google could still potentially
do that with Stadia one day. People don’t buy it, they could just
say, ‘OK, we’re ending the service, it was a fun run’ and maybe licensed
the technology to other companies instead of fully supporting it itself. Plus, other companies have different solutions
for how to game anywhere. Take Nintendo’s Switch console. Which gives you the ability to take the
same console you play at home with you on the go. Or the growth of
the video game industry on mobile devices. A study from Activision-Blizzard and
Newzoo, you found that 2.4 billion people would play a
mobile game in 2019. That study found that one in two apps
open in the seven day period were games. This might not be enough to
end consoles altogether in the near future, but there are more and more
ways to get your gaming fix without buying one. There’s a portion of the
population who will just never buy a console, but it doesn’t
mean consoles go away. If Microsoft and Sony make that a
really good experience, they’re going to have a really faithful group of
consumers who will support their consoles. I just think each
console generation gets smaller. And what I can’t predict is what these
consoles will do for me other than play games.

78 thoughts on “Can Google Stadia Compete With Video Game Consoles?

  • January 17, 2020 at 10:01 pm
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    Stadia is awesome, if you haven't tried it you should. I was one of the people that wanted this to fail.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:03 pm
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    No.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:05 pm
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    lol

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:06 pm
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    No. Saved you some time.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:08 pm
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    Idk why stadia compares to consoles when we all know their both different platforms most people are idiots to compare them

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:12 pm
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    When doing a video on a topic, at least get the facts right.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:12 pm
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    "Can Google Stadia Compete With Video Game Consoles?"

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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    The stadia infomercial

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:17 pm
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    I have to say I feel like while the future will be streaming games ……I can't help but feel like this video was an attempt to push the needle rather than and honest attempt to predict the near future. Take for example the premise that this entire video is based on……the fall in console sales. It is stated that consoles sales were expected to fall year over year (2018 to 2019) by 12 %. …but does any of that have to do with a move to streaming games?!?………. or is it really just the fact that we are in the last year of the current generation of consoles and so consumers are waiting for the next iteration?!….. Games like Fortnite benefit from persons gaming on ever increasingly powerful and ubiquitous smartphones, but does the rise of cellphone gaming truly sound the death knell for consoles?

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:18 pm
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    This video doesn't have the standards that cnbc is known for, there're way many inacurracies and statements that are nonsense.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:19 pm
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    NOT MICHAEL PACHTER

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:20 pm
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    Short answer:NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Shorter answer: Get a pc.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:20 pm
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    all we need is more cancel and radiation… people idiots and will pay for everything in several years.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:20 pm
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    This is an era where you can get guarantees of 4k (with a large library of titles) for $400.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:22 pm
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    Never had any console, never needed one, PC + Windows is good for anything, gaming, development, movies etc

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:23 pm
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    Nope never 😂🤣

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:25 pm
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    "microsoft's mastery of gaming" Made my day 🤣🤣🤣

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:30 pm
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    no

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:31 pm
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    My American internet speed 10 years ago: 50mbps at $30/mo.
    My American internet speed today: 30mbps at $40/mo.

    yeah I don't think this is gonna work.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:32 pm
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    It's not about speed and throughput. It's about latency.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:33 pm
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    How much did Google pay you to advertise their already failing platform ?

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:38 pm
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    Wow they dont care about nintendo.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:39 pm
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    Is it April 1st already?

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:42 pm
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    Just hit me, streaming will expose people's personal information. I'm not sold on it.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:43 pm
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    Dude said that console sales dropped from 2018 to 2019. DIDNT even consider that a new generation comes out ever 7 years or so. People are waiting…duh.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:49 pm
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    6:00 Even with the paid version you still have to pay for most games and all AAA games. Stadia is not Netflix.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:50 pm
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    No Mention Of ‘ Shadow.tech’ in my opinion the best Game Streaming Setup available. Not as big as google or Microsoft. But ahead of the competition

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:52 pm
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    I still have a Magnavox Odyssey 2…lol

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm
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    Hell no

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm
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    Not again the “consoles are dying” BS!

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:56 pm
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    Stadia is definitely the future of gaming

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:06 pm
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    Jordan: On a Custom PC.
    Video Editors: Let's use stock footage of a laptop cause you know those are custom built right

    If they can't even link up the narrative with the video then they are clearly are missing the beat. This does come off as an add as some other people mentioned. If you want to run a Stadia you need to spend crazy loot each month for internet… I live in Canada in a mid sized city (360000 pop.) and we don't even have gigabit. It's funny he says you only need these things, forgetting you need to also have super good internet and the in-house infrastructure. My internet is literally 10Mbps download. I am re-downloading DOOM on my PC to prepare for DOOM Eternal and it's going to take like 5 days to download. Just streaming 1080p on YT doesn't even work. I work in IT and we use Remote Access Virtual Desktops when we work from home and they run like crap. Stadia is ahead of it's time, it's not actually a bad idea but having a solid amount of the data stored locally on a hard disk isn't a big deal. They can utilize the streaming infrastructure without offloading the entire game through a network. I am familiar with cloud infrastructure the world doesn't have the infrastructure to do full streaming yet.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:10 pm
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    No. NBC stay in your lane

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:10 pm
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    Streaming games is not new and it sucks

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:14 pm
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    tis video is only 12 min long and half of it is sommeone talking off topic, not a lot of information about Stadia, and you have to ask Patcher,really.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:17 pm
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    Question. I tried Chrome cast ultimate at my friends house. Destiny 2 looked good. But it played very heavy. Is this normal?

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:17 pm
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    I think it’s only perfect for the light gamer

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:19 pm
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    I disagree with this COMPLETELY. Console sales are fallin cause of NEW hardware coming. And if CNBC did even a little bit of research they’d know that google stadia is a DISASTER

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:20 pm
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    Until 5G becomes standard and Ubiquitous….consoles will still reign supreme.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:21 pm
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    This video looked like an advert for Stadia, and how are these experts? EA is a small company? wtf

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:26 pm
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    The problem is fast internet speed is not cheap at all

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:26 pm
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    12 minutes of video and not a single mention of latency.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:26 pm
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    No

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:29 pm
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    Google Stadia is DEAD, many gamers have actually forgotten that it exists other than reports of problems it has.
    CNBC is a bit late to the no show party.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:32 pm
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    Console games are just too expensive right now. Adding that to the price of hardware, streaming games makes huge sense.

    Just like what happened with Netflix. People swore by Blu-rays back then and now every household has a Netflix subscription. Not only because the infrastructure caught up but also because it is convenient.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:32 pm
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    Video game analyst
    Show a boomer

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:33 pm
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    Stadia works great for me!

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:37 pm
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    I would like a hard copy of the games I buy. With streaming for me I feel it's kind of scary with hacking, power outage, to me having a hard copy or a way to download the games to a s.s.d or some sort of hardware protection that can be separated from online after the download or even uploading would be awesome.😊😊just being open minded

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:37 pm
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    So it was the games that decided if we could cross play not the companies like Sony and Microsoft?

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:41 pm
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    5G does not and will not mean "lag free" anything. You can talk of reducing latency which is what is referred to by lag. If anyone (such as CNBC) uses the term "lag free" you can be sure they are lying to you, trying to sell you something or both.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:46 pm
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    Don't trust Google and Facebook with anything. Minimise the usage of their services in your life – otherwise you will regret it.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:47 pm
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    Who else saw MLBB? 🙂

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:51 pm
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    Affer a long time of a playstation fan. Im glad that i switched to PC.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:52 pm
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    Microsoft is an operating system, search engine, computer gaming, business solution and server farm company.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 11:53 pm
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    I am sorry man but this is a brownie baked from diorrhea, my local vicar can write a better price on the same topic… :p Do better research.

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:00 am
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    No steam wins again epic is second. Pc master race wins over crap soles. Origin does that still need a pc. Stadia has crap games.

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:13 am
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    Yeahhh. No.

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:14 am
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    >Michael Pacther
    And that's when this video lost any sort of credibility it had and earned a dislike

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:15 am
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    “Google Stadia makes it easy to play games without a console.”

    As long as you have gigabit/sec internet with no data caps and can afford a subscription that allows you to buy games at a higher price than on pc or consoles. Simple right?

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:16 am
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    Sigh these brainwashed humans controlled by their fears keep slowing things down…

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:20 am
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    Am I the only one who likes to play video games on a CD?

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:28 am
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    Stadia is dead on arrival

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:31 am
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    PC > Console

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:35 am
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    Oh course streaming is gonna overtake home console just look at how well the stadia is doing 😂😂😂

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:35 am
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    When the comment section is more informative than the actual video

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:35 am
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    Usually like these videos but poorly well done on this one

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:38 am
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    STOP PUSHING STADIA, CONSOLE WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:41 am
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    People liking this video just because it's NBC, and not understanding video games

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:41 am
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    I honestly think streaming is the future, however, it has a long way to go before it kills consoles.. This is not likely to happen anytime soon, as there is huge infrastructure demand that needs to be met for 5g..

    Also, on another note, I'm sure majority of the people would still love the experience of playing on a larger screen than on smaller mobile devices

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:46 am
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    Hate to say this, but streaming is honestly crap, not even dealing with data caps. There is no reason to stream games when a good console of pc can do better any day. Stadia is just a toy, nothing more. Of course, the main reason pig companies want this is so they can cut off players from purchased games easily, without any repocussians

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:47 am
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    This is proof that CNBC is out of touch with reality, no way in hell stadia can even begin to compete with consoles. Waste of time video

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:54 am
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    Google stadia sucks.

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:55 am
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    Next time find a better expert with real tech knowledge…

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  • January 18, 2020 at 12:59 am
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    Nope not buying a subscription

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  • January 18, 2020 at 1:02 am
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    this is too obvious google paid for this add stadia sucks

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  • January 18, 2020 at 1:04 am
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    Tbh most of the world doesn’t have good enough internet to support streaming, or has data caps
    So nah, not probably rn on a global scale

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  • January 18, 2020 at 1:07 am
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    The problem with this video is it ignores the 2 massive problems:

    1. Input lag. It takes time for a button press to go from my device, to the serve, back to my device to see what I just did. This needs to be fixed and I'm not sure how that will happen, though it might not be impossible (maybe make commands be handled locally with the rest being done on the host server, using some form of branch prediction results sent to the phone?)

    2. 5G. I doesn't matter how fast it is, it could be 20G that goes at 1000x the speed of 5G, it doesn't matter. This is because of the cell providers keep charging a fortune for limited connections. (Congraz to the few who really do have unlimited connections. Most don't. And the new scam of advertising "Unlimited" until you pass a limit and then massively being throttled will still make this impossible) It doesn't matter if my phone can connect fast enough, if I have to pay a small fortune and still am stuck only being able to play for a short time a month, then it's not a solution.

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  • January 18, 2020 at 1:12 am
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    Stadia is a big fail who's going to play with lag issues and crappy graphics 🤷‍♂️?

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