Google Addresses Recent Stadia Backlash, Performance Concerns

Liana Ruppert,

November 25, 2019 3:41 AM

The Google Stadia had a less than perfect launch and many feel that Google has mislead its consumer base with promises not witnessed when the service went live.

When the Google Stadia was first announced, the idea of a 60fps 4K stream at 35Mbps was exciting but as the reveals continued to roll out, that excitement seemed to dim and concern began to take over. From a paltry launch line-up of games, to Google's track record with folding their cards too soon, many feared that the Stadia wouldn't live up to its promise and the reviews for Google's latest project seem to confirm many of those worries. 

The biggest concern reflected in Google Stadia reviews was its performance issues. Many cited that Google's performance rate in no way lined up with their promotional promises. Some even straight-up accused the company of "lying" about what the Stadia would truly have to offer. 

Now that the reviews are live and fixes are in the works, Google recently released a statement (via Eurogamer) speaking to the backlash and developer freedom. 

Google Addresses Stadia Backlash

"Stadia streams at 4K and 60 FPS - and that includes all aspects of our graphics pipeline from game to screen: GPU, encoder and Chromecast Ultra all outputting at 4k to 4k TVs, with the appropriate internet connection. Developers making Stadia games work hard to deliver the best streaming experience for every game. Like you see on all platforms, this includes a variety of techniques to achieve the best overall quality. We give developers the freedom of how to achieve the best image quality and framerate on Stadia and we are impressed with what they have been able to achieve for day one.

"We expect that many developers can, and in most cases will, continue to improve their games on Stadia. And because Stadia lives in our data centers, developers are able to innovate quickly while delivering even better experiences directly to you without the need for game patches or downloads."

With "better experiences" promised to be on the horizon, the ball is in Google's court as to where the Stadia goes next. 

What do you think about the Google Stadia and all of the mixed reviews surrounding its launch? Too early to deem it a failure, or will Google's track record speak for itself? Sound off with what you think the future holds for the Stadia in the comment section below! 

H/T PrimaGames


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