They’re going to copy TikTok some more too.
Thumbs up for Muse Games (Embr, Wildmender, Hamsterdam):
For sure. First time losing my digital library on anything without any warning. I expected stadia to shut down soon, but not that. Thankfully I spent under 50$.
Whatever you spent, Google is going to refund it. Any hardware, too. Savegames are another story, they’re tricky.
Odd, I thought Stadia had already shut down a while back. Maybe that negative latency did work after all…
Not pro, aka add this to your library to play it later. It was like xbox games with gold / playstation plus with rotating titles every month.
Right, they aren’t refunding the subscription service.
I really enjoyed Stadia’s tech but a streaming-only mobile-first platform launching just a few quarters before the pandemic was about a poorly timed launch as you can muster. It never really had a chance.
A real pity, esp since I know some folks who were on dev side.
Honestly its failure seems overdetermined. Apart from the core tech, it seems pretty much every decision Google made was dooming it failure (and indeed people said so at the time).
Yep, all of those articles could have been written two years ago, pretty much. I HRose’d it myself here tons of times.
Google’s reputation or decisions didn’t help, but I think the fundamental problem is that game streaming is incredibly expensive per user. I’d wager this was doomed from the start by tech math, where a project is only profitable if it achieves some sort of monopoly. “If we capture just 1% of the total market with exclusives…”
I mean, my immediate reaction when they announced it was “this pricing model is doomed”, so I’m sticking to my guts and blaming that.
Was it really “mobile-first”? I saw people armchair-executiving on Twitter about how the pandemic should have actually helped Stadia. No one’s going anywhere, everyone wants entertainment at home, other subscription services all saw a surge, and cheap Stadia hardware should’ve been an easy edge against new expensive consoles that you also couldn’t easily buy if you wanted to.
All of that should’ve helped a well positioned streaming entertainment platform, but Stadia failed there—not because of the pandemic, but for all the other reasons discussed.
Aren’t all game streaming platforms mobile-first though? If you’re stuck at home, I’d imagine most people would prefer having access to their hardware than streaming it and sucking up data.
Stadia’s business model was more around the idea that casual gamers sinking in $$$ into Candy Crush on their phones could be coaxed into adding a controller to their laptop/tablet setup and getting some more serious gaming in for a few hours while traveling. The whole premise is an uphill battle to start with made impossible by the fact that no one was leaving their home for 2 years.
Wouldn’t have said so. Streaming is awesome because you don’t have to install anything and you get access to that sweet next gen hardware, instead of paying $$$ for your own. You also, given a cromulent business model, get access to a shedload of games.
What genius thought waiting for the data centre to update their version of the game is going to be faster than individually patching?
Stadia versions were always behind.
Stadia often forgot that it’s another platform - sure it’s basically like a PC, but guess what, there’s already another platform that’s basically like a PC but already has a huge base of users. Hitman 3 was the title that basically cemented for me that most publishers consider Stadia a completely separate platform, so being able to move save-files/progress/multiplayer with PC is cross-platform support - never assume that’s available by default. They effectively built an Xbox with different hardware and were surprised that they didn’t have to pour in the amount of effort MS put into Xbox to make it successful.
I think the idea that people want to own their hardware and media, and are concerned about their data transmission, is disproven by the dominance of streaming over physical media ownership. Streaming argument is further boosted by notable shortages of hardware through much of the pandemic. The bulk of the market is unwashed masses with simple laptops (if that), not bleeding edge RTX 30xx evangelists.
My own hunch is Google screwed up the pricing model. Trust in Google probably didn’t matter much for what should have been the target market. Eventually, someone will get it right.