Stadia is not Netflix for games says Google, it’s like PS Plus
Google has attempted to put a stop to people comparing their streaming service to Netflix and said instead it’s more like Xbox Live Gold.
On the one hand you’d think they’d want to encourage the comparison, given how ubiquitous Netflix is, but Google is insisting that that’s not the best way to think of Stadia Pro.
‘To be clear, Stadia Pro is not ‘Netflix for Games’ like some people have mentioned,’ said Google’s Andrey Doronichev in a recent Reddit AMA.
‘A closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!).’
The confusion over comparisons to Netflix hit a peak when it was revealed that new games on Stadia would have to be paid for separately, and at the same cost as buying them elsewhere.
Previously Google had talked about an ‘ever-expanding library of games at no extra cost’ but that apparently is not a reference to an instant library of streaming games but instead the fact that you get, ‘roughly one free game per month give or take’.
Although the free games will stay free and won’t be rotated out when the next one comes along.
But even that’s only for the subscription-based Stadia Pro. Stadia Base, which is free to use but won’t launch till next year, will have no free games at all.
You can see why Google might be worrying that it’s got its messaging slightly wrong, as it instead tries to put the emphasis on the fact that you’ll be able to stream games equivalent to the quality of a high-end PC – and all without having to buy any hardware.
Being able to stream maxed-out versions of top games on any compatible device is certainly a very appealing feature, so it may be the biggest problem with Stadia is simply explaining to people exactly what it is.
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