Google Stadia just had a live event, and it has shown off some of the key weaknesses that the platform is still suffering from.

  • In the latest Stadia Connect event, Google showed off some of the new games and features coming to the service.
  • During the presentation, many games were shown, a lot of which were timed exclusives with the service.
  • On their own, these games will not draw people to the service or give it its own sense of identity.

Google Stadia just held a Stadia Connect event. During the event, a 4-person team has shown what players can expect from Stadia during 2020. The answer is that you can expect a lot of games that are already out elsewhere.
It is becoming clear that Google Stadia is struggling to establish itself. While the technology being used is certainly impressive it cannot carry the platform alone. More than that, Stadia is still hard to use and doesnt really have an identity of its own.
Thumper is actually a really interesting game on Stadia, but on its own, it wont pull people towards the platform. | Source: Thumper
Google Stadia is Still Struggling
The Stadia Connect presentation was a bit underwhelming. There were some play it first on Stadia titles, but most of them were party games. They werent even exclusives either. Theyll all certainly be coming to non-streaming platforms at some point over the next year or so.
Things took a turn for the worse when the testimonials started. Its not a good look for Google Stadia to spend 25% of the connect talking about how great their product is. Its even worse that they ended that segment by begging for more good testimonials.
If Google Stadia is going to work, it needs some truly exclusive killer apps. Games that are already available elsewhere arent going to cut it. Especially since Stadia is a pain to use. Even on PC, you cant use controllers wirelessly. And, only a very few specific phone models are compatible with the service at all.
Stadia Needs Better Support
Proponents of Google Stadia long defended the service as not being out yet. Well, now it is being rolled out across the globe. While the performance is still nothing to write home about, it is at least free to try.
The fact is that most people have no particular reason to buy Stadia games. If theyre into gaming they probably already own them. Once that free trial runs out and those free games disappear, why would they stick around?
If Google Stadia can stay alive long enough that it actually builds up decent exclusives then it has a chance. Lets just hope for some more Triple-A exclusives, rather than the party game fodder weve seen so far.
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This article was edited by Samburaj Das.