First Ring Daily 585: Google Stadias, Apple Pods

Posted on March 20, 2019 by Brad Sams in First Ring Daily, Podcasts with 6 Comments

On this episode of First Ring Daily, Google’s gaming service is interesting, Apple’s AirPods may be expensive, and Phil Spencer has thoughts.

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6 responses to “First Ring Daily 585: Google Stadias, Apple Pods”

  1. nicholas_kathrein

    I'm going to have to disagree with Paul about Stadia. I'd consider myself one notch under the crazy pc gamer. I don't play as much as I use to about 5 years ago but I purchase a new $500 video card about every 2 to 3 years. I upgrade my min lan pc with that the video card goes in around the same time period which is another $500 to $700. My friends meet for weekend Lan parties (Friday, Sat, into Sunday) non stop stay awake till as long as possible with your drink of choice. We do these 3 or 4 times a year. So I say that as I know I don't play everyday but consider myself a gamer and don't have a console because it's no PC.


    Where people are missing how massive this is.

    1. I'd pay $25 to $30 a month for this if it works like they say. Why? I don't need to buy all my PC hardware anymore. All that can go to this. Hell, I don't need Windows either really. This is a big reason I run Windows. If not for Windows being superior in FPS to any other OS I might use something else.
    2. For that $25 to $30 I get a bunch a games I can play like MS does with their offering would be worth it.
    3. Almost ever AAA title on PC can be updated to run on Stadia. So that means minus Playstation exclusives and MS exclusives (they won't support this) I can get every other game.
    4. Google can offer just like MS and Sony that if you buy the game on the service it's now yours. Anything you log in it's there even if it's not part of the monthly package.
    5. Why would the AAA companies want to do this? Why do they currently pay MS and Sony? Why not only do PC gaming where they can run their own distribution platform like Origin? The answer is reach. That is why AAA titles are on all the systems and PC. What Google is offering 1 place that does all places meaning TVs, laptops, phones, and yes the PC with mouse and keyboard. I think Paul was looking at the PC players as not wanting to use this. I sure do.
    6. The cuts $$ that MS and Sony take from the game devs is still going on so I'm not sure why your thinking Google getting $$ will stop these companies from using Google Stadia when they are still paying MS and Sony.
    7. The major part your missing is since this all runs in the cloud that means all players are playing on one of the greatest hardware systems available with fastest pipes and lowest lateness and it's like everyone is on a local lan. So if MS had a big building you could drive to play your favorite game and it runs only in this building on the fastest hardware with the fastest networking. That is what this is. Now the trick is if this works like they say even gamers like me who play FPS games will rather be on this system then my own.
  2. Daekar

    I'm still waiting for proof that the latency and normal connection speed issues won't render the UX a terrible frustrating mess. If the game doesn't do what I want immediately when I press the button on the controller or move the stick, that's a deal-breaker right out of the gate.


    Reserving judgement on both the Google and Microsoft versions of this until I hear reviews from people who don't live 10 miles from a data center and have fiber-to-premises connections.

  3. josephgerth

    Yes, I'm going to be that guy: "Stadia" is a Latin word and it is in its plural form. The singular form is "stadium." (Similar to curriculum and curricula.) So "stadias" isn't fully correct...

  4. harrymyhre

    Why does there always have to be “the winner”?

    The winner is whatever the customer wants.

    This stadia thing is a new avenue.

    It appeals to me because the chance of me getting an Xbox into my tv area are like nil. Not gonna happen. But I already have the chrome cast attached to the tv. That was accepted because it’s invisible.


    I am really enjoying this discussion. Finally something new!

  5. harrymyhre

    This has to go down in history as one of the WORST product names EVER.


  6. nicholas_kathrein

    The other thing that Paul brings up is internet connection. I'm sorry but I'm sure most xbox and ps3 and pc gamers have great internet connections because otherwise how do you ever play the games when they need massive updates and most probably do digital purchases. All those people will be able to play at around the 4k 60 fps. I've just seen that you'll need about a 30 mbps connection to get that quality.

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