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Is Google Stadia the Future of Gaming?

November 20, 2019 22:17 PM UTC
- Updated December 18, 2019 16:25 PM UTC

Or will it go the way of Google Glass?

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[ MUSIC ] Welcome to Fortune Tech today, where we discuss the issues of the day in two minutes. Google has released Stadia, its Cloud gaming service. It's off to a rocky start. But is it the future of gaming? Lisa Marie, what do you think? Definiately not. In terms of the future, I don't think we're even going to see this product on the market in a couple of years from now. I think it's actually going to be just like Google Glass, where Google plays around with this new technology. It doesn't pan out, no one buys it and then they drop it. If we don't have companies that are willing to invest long term, which I don't think Google is, I definitely don't see it in the future of gaming. Google feeling very attacked. There's some really appealing propositions though here. Let's say for example, I want to play a PC quality game on my phone. I love that idea. And 5G is just around the corner, so you've got really high speeds that can make streaming work. Okay, but 5G isn't even here yet. And not every phone is able to have that power to really bring those graphics, and what gamers expect. But I think most importantly, the 5G, the Internet speed connection is really important. A lot of Places just don't have that technology and that bandwidth and if we want mainstream buying it's just not going to work for all those people. But mainstream is exactly the point, right? Now if you wanna play let's say a PC game or a even a console game, there is a lot of money involved. You get to put down $ 400 for a PC 4, you have to put down a $ 1, 000 for a PC With a couple of big screens. Google Stadia you pay a few bucks a month for a subscription. Maybe you buy a couple of games. Very low barrier entry here. Yeah but let's be honest if I already have a computer and I'm a pretty casual gamer I'm not going to buy anything else. If I'm a hardcore gamer, then I want to invest in that gaming PC with multiple monitors, I will. And same for consoles. But you don't have to do that, and there's a lot of flexibility already. So okay, what about the technical challenges? Some people can't even get a game to install properly on their desktop or laptop. Okay, if we're talking about having trouble downloading, imagine how hard it will be trying to play online and dealing with lag I just don't see it happening. Well, that's all the time we have. Join us at fortune. com for more debate. [ MUSIC ] [ BLANK_AUDIO ]