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google are expected to announce their gaming platform next week at gdc, they have a press conference on the 19th

unclear yet whether there's a console or just the streaming tech that they had people beta test assassins creed on recently

so far we know ubisoft is on board and there's rumors of a substantial partnership with sega as well

ciderpress, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:30 (eight months ago) link

in before they buy nintendo

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:53 (eight months ago) link

I'm pretty sure it's the streaming thing and also that latency is still an issue. (Have a Mac laptop with an anemic GPU, would love to be wrong.)

lukas, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:06 (eight months ago) link

the impressions i heard from the assassins creed beta was that it worked better than people expected but they definitely felt enough input lag that it wouldn't have worked for something with faster gameplay than a open world rpg

ciderpress, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:11 (eight months ago) link

if you announced a gaming platform you made in your garage with a blender and spare PC parts Ubisoft would be at your press conference

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:28 (eight months ago) link

I'm hopeless at games that require fast-twitch skill anyway so maybe this is perfect for me.

lukas, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:31 (eight months ago) link

yeah the streaming tech is a good match for the big open world sims like RDR2 where the draw is the visuals/immersion and they're already compromising responsiveness for it

would essentially allow google to cut the line for next gen visuals since they can run the games on better hardware than you can put in a $400 box, we'll see if that's actually their plan

ciderpress, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:46 (eight months ago) link

starting shortly

ciderpress, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 16:42 (seven months ago) link

seems like about what everyone expected, its just the streaming platform and its called "Stadia"

ciderpress, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 17:16 (seven months ago) link

lol at a "PROTIP" button on the joystick and the konami code stenciled on the back

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 17:24 (seven months ago) link

Stadia logo is a streamlined Specialized logo

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 17:25 (seven months ago) link

i know this was gdc and they'll probably be at E3 this summer with the launch lineup but i still can't believe they revealed a gaming platform with 0 new games

i don't think this is gonna stick, at least not in a way in which it has cultural or industry presence, it's just gonna kinda be there like google play

ciderpress, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:13 (seven months ago) link

eh, i dunno. i don't own a console but i do own a chrome cast. i will be able to stream actual good games on the cheap piece of shit hanging out the the back of my tv. this is exciting to me.

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:16 (seven months ago) link

something like this, whether it be from google or whoever (lol @ nintendo obv), sounds like a good future. like xbox game pass seems like a nice way to go, pay per month rather per game. not sure how they're gonna nickel & dime us w/ dlc on this model, though.

L'assie (Euler), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:17 (seven months ago) link

you'll be able to join a stream that you're watching on youtube? you can have servers with a 1000 people on?

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:22 (seven months ago) link

yeah microsoft can come out now with the exact same tech and featureset (minus the youtube integration), but also have an existing gaming audience and pipeline of exclusive content, google's throwing them a softball here

ciderpress, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:25 (seven months ago) link

yeah I'm pretty sure being first is going to be important

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:26 (seven months ago) link

I don't know that being first is going to be that important. the iPod wasn't the first mp3 player, it was just better than the other ones.

kinda figure facebook will get into this, because making friend lists on consoles right now sucks.

don't think apple will care.

L'assie (Euler), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:46 (seven months ago) link

i don't think being first is important for this, the important thing is having the best spread of games after the spin-up period.

there's gonna be a point in about 2-3 years where blockbuster games stop releasing on the current consoles and 100mil people are gonna have to decide between this and buying a new $400 box, that's an important inflection point

ciderpress, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 21:25 (seven months ago) link

my mind is sort of boggling at the tech. it's going to be like playing a high end PC by the sounds of it? I'm too luddite to really grok all this

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 21:27 (seven months ago) link

yeah the specs on their cloud instances are around what i'd expect the PS5 to be when that shows up next year

ciderpress, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 21:55 (seven months ago) link

the other open question is whether google can bully ISPs into letting customers actually use this for more than like 50 hours a month, it uses way more bandwidth than netflix

ciderpress, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 22:11 (seven months ago) link

right, rather than having the $400 to buy the console being the critical point for a buyer, it'll be having an ace net connection without limits. probably google would like to provide such connections.

L'assie (Euler), Tuesday, 19 March 2019 22:18 (seven months ago) link

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