Up For Debate - Is Google Stadia worth it in 2021?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Feb 28, 2021 4:00 PM
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Despite having a generally lukewarm reception, the general concept of Stadia is a good thing: play games anywhere, on any device, at the best graphics settings. It allows for PC players with low-end rigs to play the most recent games at the best quality, or stream games to your laptop when you want to travel.

But in execution… Well that’s a different story. After promising true 4K streaming for some of the most recent games on Stadia, Google is now being sued for misleading customers because it turns out it was just upscaled 4K, not True 4K.

Plus, Google recently just fired their entire internal games development staff, meaning no more first party games for Stadia, though the platform can still have exclusive games. Whilst this is a pretty scummy move considering Google told developers they were making great progress just 5 days before getting fired, there isn’t really anything wrong about it. It’s not illegal for sure, but ethically it doesn’t look good.

Usually that wouldn’t be so much of a problem, but for the games made specifically by Stadia devs, that can cause some issues...

Journey to the Savage Planet made headlines recently as a major game breaking bug was discovered on the Stadia platform. The solution is simple right? Just fix it. Except Google fired everyone who could fix it.

Granted that was only a significant problem because Google fired the staff responsible for the game’s development (Typhoon Studios, the developers of Journey to the Savage Planet, was acquired by Google and became part of the Stadia Games and Entertainment team), and so it shouldn’t happen to more games moving forward. However, it doesn’t exactly instill confidence in a company that is notorious for abandoning projects.

If Stadia gets abandoned by Google, there is a very real chance that gamers who made purchases on that service will lose access to all their games they bought as well.

Either way, Stadia is a risky investment and is just getting riskier, meaning less people are willing to give the service a try, meaning less developers are willing to give it a try, meaning Google is less willing to keep it operating. See where I’m going here?

Of course we’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Not just from those who have yet to try Google Stadia, but also from those who have tried it and actually enjoy it. Getting perspectives from both sides is incredibly valuable in judging whether Stadia is a worthy purchase in 2021.

So what do you think? Is Google Stadia worth it in 2021? Will Stadia even survive much longer? Do you think Google will abandon the Stadia service eventually? Let’s debate!

Is Google Stadia worth it in 2021?

Do you think Stadia will survive much longer?

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03:17 Mar-02-2021

Nope, it is still not worth getting. Since you still need to buy games on it and those aren't games you can use outside Stadia ecosystem. There still is no Game Pass like subscription service either. So basically there is no value in Stadia, it still has extremely niche and almost non-existent target audience and Google already gave up on first party games. It is basically a flop already.

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03:21 Mar-02-2021

Basically they way Stadia was done was just like Google itself didn't know what they want to do or who to target and just expected everyone to come to it because it is from Google. As as usually, Google isn't known for fixing things based on customer feedback, because Google likes to pretend it knows best,which then leads to things slowly dying as they abandon them.Instead of fixing actual issues.

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10:04 Mar-01-2021

It wasn't worth before nor it will be now as it is pretty much dead platform. Other platforms give you options to launch your owned games on it while stadia wants you to additionaly buy your already owned games there again

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10:03 Mar-01-2021

well, for me Google Stadia is useless and worthless since it's release cause it requires high internet speed all the time specially for high resolution like 4k

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09:37 Mar-01-2021

If someone makes a device where everyone connected there plays as @hydraclone said with latency and i add 0 ping then i see no problem everyone using it, because it'll be the best thing in the market. At some point in the future i've heard there would be satellites flying around earth providing internet for everyone. If some of these companies get some special access for their own internet

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09:38 Mar-01-2021

from these satellites then i believe this will the future of multi-streaming platform

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16:55 Mar-01-2021

this sounds like starlink ngl

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18:24 Mar-01-2021

more like sword art online, all tho i think its already here. You know these 4G, 5G think or how your sim card on your phone provides you with internet? Well that same think can be planted/inserted there and we can or not depending on the company pay ex. amount of sum and everyone can play video games and meet real time through drawn characters. It sounds pretty cool to me .

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18:25 Mar-01-2021

and i was talking about that, but i forgot from who it was. I was watching something similar in nat geo where they would be dozens of satellites providing internet for all.

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22:56 Mar-01-2021

haven't heard of it but that definitely sounds cool

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22:16 Feb-28-2021

Until latency is literally 0 and can be done without the internet, I will never support a game streaming service. Since both of those things are impossible, I'll be sticking to having games locally for my entire life.

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21:42 Feb-28-2021

Stadia was a dumpster fire from the very beginning with all the "negative latency" marketing bullsh!t. Google's (lack of) competence in a nutshell.

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20:45 Feb-28-2021

Nope it isn't and it never will be worth it!


The only cloud gaming service I approve of is Geforce Now!

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19:05 Feb-28-2021

I would say Geforce Now for or a similar tech for the future of cloud gaming.
I hope it becomes global as it is still not accessible in my country until now

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17:38 Feb-28-2021

Id rather recommend people look into geforce now. Seeing as the global market is going to be in short supply of all chips for 6+ month and you´re a pc gamer. Stadias business model was never any good nor was googles reputation when it came to services.

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20:41 Feb-28-2021

Yeah, tho geforce now does not work flawlessly, i notice some microfreezes in games, prefer to play games locally, btw my wifi is good enough (75 mbps and 35 upload and 2 ms ping )

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21:11 Feb-28-2021

Yeah its the worst time to have a GPU/CPU hardware failure. Pay 2x over MSRP from the resellers or you weather the storm on (your) already owned igpu/laptop with geforce now. Its not ideal but its better that nothing in a time where you dont even have the second hand market to fall back to.

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16:48 Feb-28-2021

It was never worth it and it will not be worth it in at least 50 years.

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