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posted by martyb on Friday November 15 2019, @07:50AM   Printer-friendly
from the broken-promises dept.

As Google barrels forward toward streaming gaming with Monday's planned launch of Stadia, the company is talking about the many promised features that won't be available to Founder and Premier pre-order purchasers on day one.

[...] "On day 1, PC Chrome gameplay won't support 4K, HDR, or 5.1 Surround Sound." Those features will be added in 2020 for PC players.

[...] Family Sharing (which lets you buy a game once and share it with accounts held by family members) "is not supported on day one, so you'll have to buy games for your child's account." The feature is planned for addition "early next year."

[...] Chromecast Ultra units included in the Founders/Premiere bundles are the only ones that will work with Stadia on day one. Other Chromecast Ultra units will be able to play Stadia games after an over-the-air update "soon after launch."

[...] At the highest visual quality, the Stadia app warns that "data usage might reach 20 GB/hr." That's above some previous estimates that expected 15.75 GB/hr for a 4K HDr signal with 5.1 surround sound. Limiting the stream to 720p stereo quality via the app caps data usage at 4.5 GB/hr.

A quick bit of math, 300GB cap / 4.5GB = 66.6 Hours of play time a month. Now, if you're lucky to be on a 1TB cap, you're only limited to 222.22 hours of play time a month, which isn't bad. Except that is at the much lower 720p/stereo audio quality. That's not factoring in other things, like a little bit of youtube, netflix, or other things your family might be doing at the same time.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 15 2019, @08:01AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 15 2019, @08:01AM (#920633)

    But there was a Slashdot article discussing this.

    Stadia Launch Developer Says Game Makers Are Worried 'Google Is Just Going To Cancel It' []

    Comments are worth reading.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 15 2019, @08:46AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 15 2019, @08:46AM (#920636)

    I find it humorous that the page is literally blank for me. After redirecting to the mobile version, it gives my browser a page that has the standard opening tags and then just stops in the middle of their standard header tags. Must have hit some bug in their decision logic on what header tags to give me based on user agent or something.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 15 2019, @08:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 15 2019, @08:48AM (#920637)

    What do game developers have to do? Is Google going to force them to support Linux in their games [] or just use WINE?