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1 hour ago, Stanley said:

Yeah, it’s as close as Ireland is to New York, there’s literally nothing between them. 


I’ve seen the videos of the high end PC builds running with all the bells and whistles, and there is very little observable difference.
 

But I get the feeling I’m a lot less particular than you are! :sherlock:

 

 

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3 minutes ago, ZOK said:


I’ve seen the videos of the high end PC builds running with all the bells and whistles, and there is very little observable difference.
 

But I get the feeling I’m a lot less particular than you are! :sherlock:

 

 

Hey I’m more than happy with the Series X version, widely observed  to be the closest thing available to the high end Stadia experience :hat:

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I played a PUBG session on this on Sunday evening and the whole thing was just excellent. No waiting around for the one person who inevitably needs to update to the latest patch, just straight in, 2.5 hours of gaming where all the party stuff worked seamlessly for everyone. PUBG's Cross-Play implementation is great too. 

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39 minutes ago, Anne Summers said:

Does this work on a TV with a Bluetooth controller attached? An Android TV of course ... or does it need the dedicated controller to do that?

There's no Android TV app yet. Which is a bit shit. 

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From today for the rest of the month, you can claim Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, a hardcore JRPG from Nihon Falcom on the service, as well as MotoGP20, a motorsports game based on the motorcycle Grand Prix of the same name.

You can also grab Blue Fire, a 3D platformer that features deadly traps, daunting enemies to battle, and more. Finally, Chronos: Before the Ashes is also available to grab on Stadia Pro. It’s a role-playing game where you age up a year every time you die, growing in some ways while diminishing in others, and it’s your job to beat the game before time runs out.

Source.

 

 

Better than Games with Gold anyway. 

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I’ve been playing Sniper Elite 4 recently on Stadia, which is an excellent game - well, I played the first level and loved it, anyway. 
 

Interstingly this is the first game where I have noticed any ‘streaming’ related issues, insomuch as from time to time I noticed a dip in the resolution before it coming back up to 4K. I am assuming this is related to it being the sort of game where you are continually zooming in with your sniper scope on something half a mile away on a massive map, then zooming out, moving, zooming in again, rinse and repeat etc.
 

I can’t say it bothered me, but it’s interesting to see if that issue is observable playing off a local machine, I imagine it wouldn’t be.

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Stadia seem to be doing a referral offer where the person you refer gets an additional month free (2 months instead of 1) and the referrer gets a month free for their troubles. So if anyone's looking to try the service, hit up one of the existing members here for a referral code (seems to be accessed via the app).

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7 hours ago, ZOK said:

I’ve been playing Sniper Elite 4 recently on Stadia, which is an excellent game - well, I played the first level and loved it, anyway. 
 

Interstingly this is the first game where I have noticed any ‘streaming’ related issues, insomuch as from time to time I noticed a dip in the resolution before it coming back up to 4K. I am assuming this is related to it being the sort of game where you are continually zooming in with your sniper scope on something half a mile away on a massive map, then zooming out, moving, zooming in again, rinse and repeat etc.
 

I can’t say it bothered me, but it’s interesting to see if that issue is observable playing off a local machine, I imagine it wouldn’t be.

 

I notice compression scaling on Pubg quite a bit. Whereas Cyberpunk and Doom Eternal are seamless.

 

It's odd, because Pubg is much simpler graphics. I can only assume that it's a function of the port quality in some way.

 

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https://www.thurrott.com/music-videos/251061/stadia-is-coming-to-chromecast-with-google-tv-more-android-tv-devices

 

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Google announced today that it is finally bringing the Stadia streaming game service to its Chromecast with Google TV on June 23. It is also bringing Stadia to some Android TV OS devices on that date as well.

 

“The first version of Stadia on Chromecast with Google TV is launching on June 23,” the Stadia team revealed. “In addition, we’re excited to announce something entirely new – you’ll also be able to play Stadia on compatible Android TV OS devices on June 23.”

 

On that date, Stadia will be officially supported on Chromecast with Google TV, plus Hisense Android Smart TVs (U7G, U8G, U9G), Nvidia Shield TV, Nvidia Shield TV Pro, Onn FHD Streaming Stick and UHD Streaming Device, Philips 8215, 8505, and OLED 935/805 Series Android TVs, and the Xiaomi MIBOX3 and MIBOX4. And if you have an unsupported Android TV device, you can opt into experimental support to play Stadia, Google notes.

Finally.

 

 

Hopefully they'll update their bundles to include the new Chromecast. Because it's better. 

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I got a 3 month trial with a new laptop. Only 1080p but it worked pretty flawlessly on Jedi Fallen Order. I was actually impressed. Ironic as just bought a super powerful gaming laptop really. 

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On 04/06/2021 at 06:16, Hass said:

 

I notice compression scaling on Pubg quite a bit. Whereas Cyberpunk and Doom Eternal are seamless.

 

It's odd, because Pubg is much simpler graphics. I can only assume that it's a function of the port quality in some way.

 

Weirdly, I played Pubg at the weekend for a solid session and it was totally seamless. Something has changed there for sure, either in the game or the platform because I'd say it's very hard to tell the difference between local and streaming there now. 

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Now they're bringing this to Shield, I should be the perfect audience for it. Don't have to turn on my pc, perfect for a quick go while not busy, lovely. But I just looked at the price plans and it's a hard nope from me. The free games are... underwhelming, and having to pay full price to buy a game to stream is ludicrous.

 

I should be champing at the bit to play this, but I'm totally turned off by the pricing model.

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It seems decent value to me, I pay £9 a month (I think) and there are too many games for me to play on the ‘free’ pro sub.

 

Mind you, I don’t spend a huge amount of time playing games really - I’m playing Sniper Elite 4 at the moment and that alone will easily take up more than a month’s play. I don’t think the pricing compares well with other subscription services from what I understand, but then you need the hardware to access them.

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The Pro sub is pretty good actually - you ‘claim’ the games, so can play them whenever you have a sub active, as opposed to Game Pass where they come and go as they please. I like that.

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16 hours ago, RipePlums said:

Now they're bringing this to Shield, I should be the perfect audience for it. Don't have to turn on my pc, perfect for a quick go while not busy, lovely. But I just looked at the price plans and it's a hard nope from me. The free games are... underwhelming, and having to pay full price to buy a game to stream is ludicrous.

 

I should be champing at the bit to play this, but I'm totally turned off by the pricing model.

 

Ping one of existing users here and you can get 2 months free Pro sub rather than the usual 1.

 

No-one can tell you what the matrix is and that. I think you'll be impressed and there's nothing to lose.

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In terms of everything but the tech, XCloud is vastly superior - the library, the subscription, the versatility, the controller - and pretty soon Xcloud will also be an app on your tv or a Chromecast like dongle. Which is perfect. *Except* for the Stadia streaming tech being light years ahead. I didn't believe in streaming until I tried Stadia - and now I believe. I hope that upgrading to Series X tech will improve Xcloud significantly or else I'd rather see Microsoft licensing the Stadia tech....

 

Until then, Stadia remains the perfect showcase for proving that streaming can work.

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What are the chances of stadia hardware improving. I've had a great time playing cyberpunk to completion but would also love the prospect of an upgrade to ray tracing etc.

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I guess the question is, how many people who are casual enough they game via streaming are even going to notice if they do spend that actually quite large sum of money?

 

See also, YouTube's awful video quality compared to even Netflix.

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I guess with subs you tend to see tiering of the sub itself for higher fidelity. I think there's a market out there for people who want the best the medium had to offer over streaming

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On 03/06/2021 at 22:27, ZOK said:

I’ve been playing Sniper Elite 4 recently on Stadia, which is an excellent game - well, I played the first level and loved it, anyway. 
 

Interstingly this is the first game where I have noticed any ‘streaming’ related issues, insomuch as from time to time I noticed a dip in the resolution before it coming back up to 4K. I am assuming this is related to it being the sort of game where you are continually zooming in with your sniper scope on something half a mile away on a massive map, then zooming out, moving, zooming in again, rinse and repeat etc.
 

I can’t say it bothered me, but it’s interesting to see if that issue is observable playing off a local machine, I imagine it wouldn’t be.


I guess this must have been a streaming glitch because I’ve been playing it a lot this month and it’s been rock solid ever since. Or maybe just an issue with the first level!

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The Google TV version of Stadia is out tomorrow apparently.

 

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In a few short weeks, we’ll see millions more TVs come to life with games available to play instantly with Stadia. For this initial launch, Stadia will be officially supported on the following devices:

Chromecast with Google TV

Hisense® Android Smart TVs (U7G, U8G, U9G)

Nvidia® Shield TV

Nvidia® Shield TV Pro

Onn™ FHD Streaming Stick and UHD Streaming Device

Philips® 8215, 8505, and OLED 935/805 Series Android TVs

Xiaomi® MIBOX3 and MIBOX4

As for Android TV OS devices not on this list, you can opt into experimental support to play Stadia. While this feature is still in development and not every Android TV OS device will work perfectly, you can now try out Stadia and play your favorite games on more screens than ever before.

To get started, install the Stadia app from the Play Store, launch it from the “My Apps” row on your TV, and press “Continue” at the opt-in screen. Be sure to let us know how it goes - your help testing out new features makes it easier for us to get critical feedback.

When playing on your Android TV OS device, you’ll be able to use a Stadia Controller or a compatible Bluetooth controller that you might already own. 

 

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