It’s amazing how far off game streaming is from being a viable mass-market thing. Like, I’m as worried as the next person about the implications as a tool of capitalism, but even with strides in video encoding efficiency, we’re still far afield from even 720p60 streaming being viable for a quarter as many people as buying a console is viable for. The trends of awful internet plaguing the US are caused by the exact same system that wants to exploit the control that this mechanism provides. Even by the standards of capitalism, this is self-contradicting.
Google isn’t going to wave their tech solutionist wand and make all the systemic problems plaguing internet services magic away, nor make bitrate requirements halve themselves. We’ll get maybe a handful of exclusives for this thing, maybe from CDPR, almost certainly from Crytek, and perhaps some other weird european devs that make nonsense choices off the rebound of PC elitist pandering becoming unsustainable. Even if they do some wild physics or rendering fuckery only possible on this platform, though, it just won’t stay economically viable.
On top of that… y’all know how fuckin unstable streaming can just be, even with everything technically in order? or how many people who buy the convenience boxes are alienated by constant random technical difficulties? If the whole pitch for this is “more convenient gaming”, that pitch will fall apart or just be patently untrue for most people under the weight of janky connection issues.
It’s already been brought up here, but just like every other streaming service since OnLive, the best you can say is “Neat… but who is this service for?”. I’m pretty sure the answer is still like, kids who have parents paying for hefty internet but won’t get them a fancy computer? or people who just wanna dip their toe in looking at stuff running on highest settings? There’s no potential for a stable user base making back the constant investment of absurd server costs.
also seriously that controller straight-up looks like a shady knockoff bluetooth controller. The awkward patent-dodging shape mixed with gaudy colouring on the base of the sticks makes this look like something i use to play retroarch on my phone with random disconnects and weird input issues.