Google has released a brief update on the state of Stadia in 2020 and what to expect moving forward. The game-streaming platform has not gotten off to a great start, with dwindling player counts and downloads since its November launch.
Still, I believe it has potential to be a solid gaming platform once all the kinks are worked out, and it could still strike gold with a more casual, budget-conscience demographic in the long run—assuming there is a long run.
Google is planning on more improvements in the coming year, as well as a bunch of new game releases. The company says that over 120 games will be added to the platform this year. One of the selling points of Stadia is that you never have to download any of these games, and can stream them instantly across multiple devices using the Stadia gamepad.
Ten exclusive titles are also in the works for Stadia. Exclusives are a very important part of any gaming platform’s success, and this could help get more gamers onboard, if these games are good enough. Right now Stadia remains a pretty tough sell.
Other improvements currently in the works include:
- Support for 4k gaming on the Web
- Add further Assistant functionality when playing on the Web
- Support additional Android Phones
- Wireless gameplay on the Web through the Stadia controller
Will 2020 be the year Stadia finds its feet? Hard to say. The promise of viable game streaming still feels a long ways off.