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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) by shrewdsheep on Friday November 15 2019, @02:22PM (2 children)

    by shrewdsheep (5215) Subscriber Badge on Friday November 15 2019, @02:22PM (#920690)

    $180 for everything sound like you got a Raspberry pi 4. Otherwise this must be a special deal. I would be interested in the detailed specs.

  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 15 2019, @04:19PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 15 2019, @04:19PM (#920711)

    Picked it up on Lazada []. You can find numerous comparably priced rigs under: Electronic Devices -> Desktops -> Gaming. I'm not sure how much regional prices change. However, we're currently in Southeast Asia, and electronics prices here are generally higher than stateside.

    The specs listed were vague - didn't even mention the monitor. We decided to order one because why not? It was $180 when I thought I'd be happy to get a case, mobo, and card for pretty much that price! Came with a monitor and all sorts of totally genuine software installed including the games advertised as playable, such as GTA V / Battlefield / PUBG / etc.

    The video card is a Nividia GT 730. Can get the mobo/cpu specs later if you're genuinely interested. I have no clue how they have a profit margin.

  • (Score: 2) by Captival on Friday November 15 2019, @11:53PM

    by Captival (6866) on Friday November 15 2019, @11:53PM (#920837)

    Raspberry Pi is $20 for a cheap one or $50 for a better one. For $200 you can get a barebones new PC or a fairly decent used one. The graphics card will be 2 generations old, but that's really the only downside if you're not a power user.