Google's Stadia platform has just been released today, letting players enjoy games using a number of devices streaming from Google's own data centers, but Jason Schreier from Kotaku has tweeted that the launch may have been less-than-ideal for the tech giant.
"Google Stadia is out today, and it already looks like a monumental flop," he writes, adding that he heard from "one person involved" that pre-orders were also below expectations, referencing the Founders and Premiere Editions.
Coming from anyone else, this wouldn't be news, but Schreier is a trusted industry figure with a lot of reputable sources, bringing us plenty of insider reports and leaked information in the past.
That said, it is worth taking with a pinch of salt, since Stadia has only just released, and the 22-game lineup is going to be expanded over the rest of 2019 and in 2020, bringing big games like Cyperpunk 2077 and Doom Eternal into the mix.
If results are sub-par though, it does raise the question as to how Stadia should proceed. Many have been suggesting a subscription service along the lines of Xbox Game Pass, and with Microsoft working on xCloud too, other industry titans are getting involved with Stadia's market.
What do you make of Stadia, and where should it go from here?
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