Google Stadia’s concept blew everyone away at how simple it was to transition from device to device, seamlessly carrying over your progress, and continuing your playthrough with the click of a button.
Bethesda’s Pete Hines expressed his opinion on Google’s innovation in the gaming world in a recent interview with Gamesindustry.biz. He started off with comparing it to the “early days of VR,” when everyone was discussing its endless potential and how it could change gaming for the future. He continued to talk more on how it unlocks a whole new world of consumer base to the developers to sell their video games to.
It feels a lot like the early days of VR. There’s tremendous potential there, but I also don’t think that a year from now no-one is going to play games on console or PC anymore because they stream everything. It will be a growth of some amount, but the potential it has relative to everything else is one of a tremendous reduction of barriers to entry.
When you have folks who say: ‘I’m never going to play Doom Eternal because I don’t have a gaming PC and I’m not spending $400 for a console,’ that’s the end of the conversation. They’re just not someone that I can reach out to for Doom Eternal. But if you know that on basically anything that has a screen you can suddenly stream a AAA, 60fps, 4K title, you’re now a customer in a way that you simply hadn’t been before. The number of people that applies to is hundreds of millions or billions. Now I’m not saying that everybody is going to convert to a $60 AAA consumer, but you’re just opening yourself up to a lot more folks who don’t have to jump through all the hoops of upgrading a PC all the time, or getting the new console, or paying for that big upfront cash outlay before the even buy a single game. I can jump in and watch someone streaming the game, click on a button and have a free trial, make a purchase, have a game that I can take wherever I go. That’s a pretty big difference from anything else we’ve seen.
What do you think of Hines’ statement? How long will Stadia take for it to become a mainstream gaming option?