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  1. After a hiatus I spent a few hours with D2 on this yesterday and it was totally brilliant. Didn't skip a beat the whole time, just seamless 60fps on Escalation Protocol. The community size is definitely improving too as there weren't any matchmaking issues in the "popular" pools I tried (Iron Banner, normal strikes). I also swear that Bungie have bumped the resolution on this behind the scenes because it looks super crisp to my eyes. Not a full 4k image but certainly looks a lot better than 1080p upscaled. Super fast load times for everything too, the experience was just fantastic. The only big downside for me is that the Chrome experience still isn't as good as the Chromecast Ultra experience. I get frame drops and stuttering on Chrome that are sufficient to annoy me but I have a feeling that's because the hardware I'm running this on (Pixelbook driving an external 4k monitor via a USB-C hub) is bottlenecking somewhere. It's hard to tell because Stadia doesn't give you any insight into your local hardware's suitability but I'm pretty sure there's scope for variable experience here still. The only other bug-bear I have is that the volume streamed through the Stadia controller doesn't go loud enough for my tastes, especially for PUBG which depends a lot of audio.
  2. Stadia controller now works wirelessly with Phones: https://www.engadget.com/google-stadia-controller-android-wireless-222804600.html
  3. I'm similar to others in that I don't set fixed limits. It depends on his behaviour and whether it's stopping him from doing other things. We don't let him play weekday mornings so he mainly plays at the weekends anyway, maybe a few hours but that's his time and he can choose what he does with it to some degree. If prefer them to learn self control really but you always need to have an eye on them. In general though, games are great. Much prefer him doing that than watching TV.
  4. I did however encounter one egregious instance of Radar usage which was highly annoying.
  5. I played this for 5 hours on Saturday night (Stadia with Cross-Play to XBox and PS4) and it was great. Hardly any bots given my skill / XP ranking (60? not super high) and plenty of close games that never felt on the right side of sweaty. Hard but fair.
  6. I personally feel like more shinies, higher res and lower load times doesn't warrant a day 1 purchase when ultimately the games are likely going to be the same as you can get on X1X / Ps4. I'll also wait to see how GeForce Now and Stadia are panning out by then; I'd expect Cloud Gaming to be able to push more shinies than games you can run locally on consoles plus on Stadia there's the potential for games that can't even run locally.
  7. I gave this a quick blast for 20 mins and it seems to be fixed. It plays like the Xbox version now to me.
  8. @Rob Rule sorry, I didn't mean to be offensive with the term 'sweats'. My sense is that your grievance is more with the implementation of bots and the way they were forced on the community than their existence per-se. I wasn't aware that they randomly spawn mid game, that's shit for the reasons you cite. But I do think the developer was right to take action here as the game's population is dwindling towards the hardcore and the game has such an aggressive and multi-dimensional learning curve. Hopefully the ranked mode will provide the dedicated with the competitive, pure experience they're looking for whilst casual mode provides a graduated entry point for new players and keeps the player base healthier in the long run. Point in case, I had a game of duos with a friend a few months back and it was a total non-starter for him getting curb stomped before he could even equip a weapon. I then played the game with a different friend on Tuesday and I'm pretty sure he's hooked because he's got a similar experience to what we all received when the game was in its earlier days with a lower average skill of player. Ultimately the game is incredible, it's my favourite game ever and I'm sure the Dev will continuously improve the experience for players as they have historically.
  9. I've been playing a bit of pubg on Stadia which had the bot update and can confidently say the game is much better for it. Previously it was just ruined by sweats and even someone like me who had invested time historically struggled to get back in, but noobs had absolutely no chance. It gradually phases out the bots anyway so no biggie. The Stadia version is great btw - solid 60fps which gives you quite a bit of an advantage over the Xbox and PS4 players. I often find myself throwing smoke grenades at them just to tilt the FPS balance even further!
  10. I just noticed that Doom Eternal's patch notes talk about reducing input latency on Stadia. It's totally non-specific but will give this a try later and see if this is noticeably better because it was very poor compared to other titles.
  11. Just got a Doom 64 code from Stadia as a result of buying Doom Eternal. I guess they were just working on this in the background!
  12. Just came off a duos pubg session with a mate. It's really fantastic, great showcase.
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