A few weeks ago, Google announced Stadia, a game streaming platform which promises "uncompromised" performance. While the team failed to mention issues concerning bandwidth limitations and more, it seems like the company's competitors, like Microsoft, are questioning how much content will be available on the system.
During an interview between Xbox's Chief Marketing Officer Mike Nichols and The Telegraph, Nichols talked about how Microsoft's gaming ambitions differ from Google's. He said the following in the interview compiled by WCCFtech.
Emerging competitors like Google have a cloud infrastructure, a community with YouTube, but they don't have the content... You won't necessarily need a device over time, but you'll get the best experience with local processing power.
Nichols believes that Google has the means, but it lacks the content. Additionally, sending a compressed video over the internet isn't the same as dedicated hardware rendering each pixel on your display. Stadia also has more input lag, and given its 20 GB per hour requirement, it may not be for everyone. However, the major concern is the lack of games. Google showed teasers for titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Red Dead Redemption 2, but none were confirmed except for some smaller experiences which exhibited performance issues during the presentation.
Hopefully the company will provide more details soon because E3 2019 is around the corner. There are rumors that both the next-generation Xbox and PlayStation will feature more power than what Stadia offers developers. The war for cloud streaming has just begun, and exclusives will probably determine who wins.
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