I’d like to know more about how Google, the Stadia ‘database’, and developers who are working specifically on the platform are going to handle accessibility.
‘4K 60FPS’ What is it going to be like, and who’s responsibility will it be to account for, making sure the player can make it not 4K or 60FPS? I don’t have a 4K monitor, streaming in 4K is just a waste of bandwidth - my TV is less than 1080p, and Twitch is often uncooperative when I try to lower the resolution while I watch livestreams.
My Chromebook - hey, Google - cannot handle 60FPS video. If I am watching a Let’s Play, I often have to lower the framerate if it’s uploaded in 60FPS so it displays smoothly on my screen.
Will we run into the issue many did in the early days of the PS3, where fonts are unreadable because many people didn’t have an HD TV yet?
“No cheating or hacking.” That’s pretty cool, but I often edit .ini files to fix things like Field of View and turn off visual effects which give me migraines. Not all mods are Big Booby Dragonborns, either, there are mods that - again - adjust font size, turn off certain effects, change sound balancing.
Hell, one of the first mods for Skyrim swapped all of the spiders for bears for all the arachnophobes in the audience. Without any ability to fix this if the developers haven’t included the features, this is at least as - if not more - limited than most consoles.
I am curious how compatible certain accessibile controllers will be. They clearly want you to buy their ~ soft xbox aesthetic ~ controller with, umm, Google Home installed or whatever, but what will plugging in a different controller or mouse and keyboard be like.
Perhaps one like Xbox’s will work, Xbox controllers pretty much work with everything, but there are a lot of specialty controllers out there that may require robust button mapping. Can you do that with Stadia, or is it down to the game developers to provide it? (They should, mind, but it’s still not standard.)
But all that said, I’ll probably try it out. I’ve been surprised how well game streaming has worked in the few times I’ve tried it, and I don’t have great internet. Google can go to hell, but so can Sony, Microsoft, and - sorry, I love Animal Crossing too - Nintendo.
I only ‘own’ my games until Steam or whoever decides to ban me, or can’t be bothered to verify me if I get hacked. The archivability of games is a big concern, though, especially if Google dumps this in a few years.