Gatekeeping

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So, a lot of people are confused at the visceral hate that Stadia gets, daily.

Some of it is indeed misinformation, or a misunderstanding of what Stadia, or cloud gaming in general, is. Some of it is classical pearl clutching, that occured with the rise of popularity of digital downloads and download services like Xbox Gamepass.

Now, one thing I think people are forgetting about is gatekeeping. Stadia's biggest advantage, even over convenience, is low barrier of entry. You need a good internet connection, and that's it (in 2020) for 1080p 60fps. $10 monthly for 4k 60fps. That's a lot lower than a $300-$400 console or multi thousand dollar gaming PC with monitor, accessories, etc.

So why is that bad? It isn't. It's great. It changed the equation for mass successes like Fortnite and Apex Legends to potentially double or triple their user bases, because you have an extremely playable version of the game for maybe $10 a month.

Gamers have always loved to gatekeep. PC gamers make a habit of it, with the childish PC Master race stuff still being prevalent and popular today. Console gamers do it as well, poo pooing mobile gaming. It's one of those things where people like to know you're hardcore, or you're at least heavily invested into the hobby like they are.

Imagine all the tens of thousands of people who are interested in playing say Fortnite, Call of Duty, Madden or Destiny, but just absolutely do not want to throw down $400-$500 for a console and game, with tax. That's just too damn high for a game or two a year, if that.

People already pay for good internet, it's more of a utility at this point than a luxury. Most people opt for better internet than say cable or a landline.

Stadia, and it's competition, will usher in a new era of gaming. Conse/PC quality of gaming for almost no barrier of entry, like mobile. That scares people, but it excites me. More people in gaming is always better, and if we can bridge the gap to those candy crushers on mobile to the hardcore PC guys, that is a beautiful thing.

Just imagine how many new "hardcore" gamers this will create. So many people don't even realize they would enjoy gaming, because of those barriers of entry.

Just some thoughts.
 

Coatsink22

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And having YouTube Premium is a nice luxury, but not a necessity, just like Stadia Pro to the base.
 

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Not really. There's so much love for Stadia on this subreddit that makes it evident that people here clearly feel strongly about the platform. They feel the need to compare themselves to the console-faithful and get frustrated by the negativity from skeptics. The desire to prove the place that Stadia fans have in the gaming space and how that may be expressed could certainly be expressed as bragging about say, playing Cyberpunk 2077 on a bus, or in bed, or on the train. The behaviour on this sub is really not that different to what it was like being a Nintendo fanboy during the dark days of Wii U.
 

Wolfenstein

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I don't think Stadia will need to push for exclusives, to be honest - although it's gaming as we currently know it, so they probably will.
What will generate the Stadia exclusives is the platform itself.

We're already seeing games that utilise the stadia cloud to do more (FM2020).

Crackdown 3 had to limit the cool physics stuff to multiplayer modes. Stadia can theoretically do that in single player without issue.

Not at launch, but by the end of 2020 you will start to see games with functionality that is just not possible on a consumer hardware unit. These games will be Stadia exclusives by necessity - or at least, Stadia-exclusive features on a multi-platform title.

Whether or not those games are any good or attract interest to the platform, only time will tell.
After all, Betamax was the technical superior, but VHS had porn.
 

Destiny

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Showing off your Stadia Pro pre-order is just as much tribalism as flexing owning a PS4 or Xbox One. There's so much tribalism on this subreddit that it feels choking at times.
 

DOOM Eternal

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A $500 gaming PC would not be able to handle running newer games at 4k 60 fps high settings. Lower than 1080p, or maybe at most 1080p, then maybe sure. But that's about it. With Stadia, you'd be able to do all that, without having to spend that much money on that hardware. Plus you wouldn't have to worry about putting down hundreds more on upgrading your PC just to be able to play future games that release, that end up needing more powerful hardware.
 

Destiny

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I think it was calculated with the existing data we have on how much data Stadia uses that you'll get somewhere over 130 hours of gaming with a 1tb data cap but Google said the calculations were wrong due to compression and other things.