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Google now giving away three months of Stadia access to new Chromecast buyers

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  1. [3]
    Wes
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    Stadia soft launched with their Founder program, but I really don't think it'll see much traction until they launch the free tier. They'll be able to start banging out promotions and other...

    Stadia soft launched with their Founder program, but I really don't think it'll see much traction until they launch the free tier. They'll be able to start banging out promotions and other incentives to bring in players at that point. Sort of like how they offer free movie rentals routinely to Google hardware customers.

    It seems like their plan has been to scale things up slowly, and I guess that makes sense for a cloud-based service. I'm half-expecting a pivot into a subscription service though. I can see them going for some sort of hybrid model down the road.

    4 votes
    1. [2]
      babypuncher
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      I don't see how a free tier is even sustainable long-term. Consumers are used to being able to buy games for cheap (indie games, and older AAA games are often sold for <$10). I know bandwidth is...

      I don't see how a free tier is even sustainable long-term. Consumers are used to being able to buy games for cheap (indie games, and older AAA games are often sold for <$10). I know bandwidth is cheap, but compute resources are not. Somewhere along the line, end users still have to pay for the hardware that is running these games.

      3 votes
      1. Jedi
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        Interestingly, they just released a $15 game called Spitlings. They've also frequently had certain games go on sale for as low as $10. I'm unsure if they just don't have the foresight for that...

        Interestingly, they just released a $15 game called Spitlings. They've also frequently had certain games go on sale for as low as $10.
        I'm unsure if they just don't have the foresight for that passing point, or if they just don't care.

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    EscReality
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    Honestly, even for free I would still never use it. I don't think many people in the gaming community will, we are all so used to platforms like Steam and GoG that I really don't think Stadia...

    Honestly, even for free I would still never use it.

    I don't think many people in the gaming community will, we are all so used to platforms like Steam and GoG that I really don't think Stadia stands a real chance.

    3 votes
    1. [8]
      skybrian
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      Well, Steam is great but I have a Mac, so in theory maybe I could use it to try out Windows-only games?

      Well, Steam is great but I have a Mac, so in theory maybe I could use it to try out Windows-only games?

      2 votes
      1. [7]
        EscReality
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        While it's very far from being up to par with Steam, GOG is available on Mac. I personally have always been a PC user so I am not the best to dig into it, but it might be worth a shot.

        While it's very far from being up to par with Steam, GOG is available on Mac.

        I personally have always been a PC user so I am not the best to dig into it, but it might be worth a shot.

        1. [4]
          babypuncher
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          That doesn't really solve his problem. Steam is also available for Mac. GOG doesn't magically make Windows-only games run on macOS.

          That doesn't really solve his problem. Steam is also available for Mac. GOG doesn't magically make Windows-only games run on macOS.

          3 votes
          1. [3]
            EscReality
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            If I remember correctly GoG spent a ton of time back in 2012 porting all of their catalogue over to run on Mac. That being said, the solution for his issue is to not have a Mac. They have never...

            If I remember correctly GoG spent a ton of time back in 2012 porting all of their catalogue over to run on Mac.

            That being said, the solution for his issue is to not have a Mac. They have never been friendly to the gaming community and if he is serious about gaming he should drop apple.

            1. babypuncher
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              Bootcamp is a viable option for the occasional gamer. As for me, I just game on my desktop, and travel/work on my MacBook. Some people want to do everything on one machine, but there are always...

              Bootcamp is a viable option for the occasional gamer.

              As for me, I just game on my desktop, and travel/work on my MacBook. Some people want to do everything on one machine, but there are always compromises that have to be made for that to happen.

              1 vote
            2. skybrian
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              I'm not serious enough about gaming to set up a Windows box. I'm also not serious enough to try Stadia. Just saying, it's a thing I could do if I were curious about a game, and I could see other...

              I'm not serious enough about gaming to set up a Windows box. I'm also not serious enough to try Stadia. Just saying, it's a thing I could do if I were curious about a game, and I could see other Mac users doing it. If you do end up gaming a lot, you could get Windows.

              1 vote
        2. [2]
          skybrian
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          I said "in theory" because lately I'm feeling too busy to play games much. Maybe in other circumstances, though.

          I said "in theory" because lately I'm feeling too busy to play games much. Maybe in other circumstances, though.

          2 votes
          1. EscReality
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            It's the same with me, I actually have a massive backlog of games on my steam account I am legitimately just waiting for freetime to play.

            It's the same with me, I actually have a massive backlog of games on my steam account I am legitimately just waiting for freetime to play.

            2 votes
    2. [5]
      bleem
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      me having to use comcast is just one of the many reasons i'd never use it. the 1 *terabyte a month is brutal enough not having to stream a game

      me having to use comcast is just one of the many reasons i'd never use it. the 1 *terabyte a month is brutal enough not having to stream a game

      1. [4]
        EscReality
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        wait, comcast's caps your internet usage?

        wait, comcast's caps your internet usage?

        1. [2]
          hungariantoast
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          Comcast/Xfinity comes with a 1TB data cap. Even their gigabit speed has the cap in my area. You can of course pay an additional $50/month to get the cap removed though, because the free market is...

          Comcast/Xfinity comes with a 1TB data cap. Even their gigabit speed has the cap in my area.

          You can of course pay an additional $50/month to get the cap removed though, because the free market is a generous, merciful abuser.

          Honestly, data caps are the biggest scam of our time.

          2 votes
          1. EscReality
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            agreed that sounds scammy, I never knew they had a data cap. We have comcast but it's paid for by our landlord... I regularly torrent and there is no way I stay under 1TB a month. I have never...

            agreed that sounds scammy, I never knew they had a data cap. We have comcast but it's paid for by our landlord... I regularly torrent and there is no way I stay under 1TB a month. I have never heard anything though.

            2 votes
        2. bleem
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          yep, 1 terabyte a month

          yep, 1 terabyte a month

  3. [3]
    bleem
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    Giving it away now that they realize what an awful idea it was?

    Giving it away now that they realize what an awful idea it was?

    1. [2]
      Jedi
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      They're giving it away for quick user acquisition. I've never seen Google not do this with any of their paid services.

      They're giving it away for quick user acquisition. I've never seen Google not do this with any of their paid services.

      4 votes
      1. skybrian
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        This looks to me like a way of limiting growth from free users to something manageable.

        This looks to me like a way of limiting growth from free users to something manageable.

        3 votes