Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Home Technology What's next on Google Stadia's road map for 2021?

What’s next on Google Stadia’s road map for 2021?


#Stadia, #Google’s still-teething game streaming service, is now over a year old, but it still has many needs and significant room to grow. #Here are some of the biggest areas that we see #Stadia focusing on for their 2021 road map.

#Missing features

#Over the course of 2020, #Stadia has steadily caught up with many of the expectations that #Google laid out for it at launch. #However, there are quite a few “obvious” things that are still tragically missing from #Stadia.

The most egregious of these is the lack of any search functionality, both in the #Stadia #Store and within a player’s library. #As #Stadia’s marketplace of games and expansions has steadily grown, the task of hunting down the exact game or add-on you’re looking for has grown more frustrating. #Even searching for your own games can become frustrating as your library expands. #Stadia’s #Google #Assistant integration helps with this, but unfortunately it’s only available for the #Chromecast #Ultra.

- Advertisement -

#Beyond “new” features, #Stadia also desperately needs to bring its various apps in line with each other. The #Android app doesn’t offer party or voice chat capabilities, nothing but #Chromecast #Ultra offers the #Google #Assistant, the web app can’t be used to set up a #Stadia #Controller for the first time, and more.

#Playerbase

#Another critical goal for #Stadia’s road map in 2021 is to expand the playerbase. #Over the last few months, #Google has put a great deal of effort into making more people aware of the #Stadia name, particularly with the recent #YouTube #Premium giveaway. Then, with the launch of #Cyberpunk 2077, #Stadia proved it was more than capable of running the latest releases.

#Over the next year, #Google needs to continue its outreach efforts to ensure that as more games arrive on #Stadia, the older games will still have enough players to sustain a community.

#One path to expanding the playerbase is to bring #Stadia to more countries around the world. #By formally expanding into countries like #India, #Mexico, and #Brazil — of which, the latter two have already gotten a taste of cloud gaming through #Microsoft’s xCloud #Streaming #Beta — #Stadia could see an explosion of new players almost overnight.

#Game library

#Of course, one of the most surefire ways of expanding the number of people playing games on #Stadia is to actually offer the kinds of games that people are looking to play. #Google has already made some progress on this by managing to offer entirely free-to-play games like #Destiny 2 and #Super #Bomberman R #Online. #No doubt games like #Fortnite and #Apex #Legends would bring a massive opportunity for #Stadia to gain more players.

A much trickier strategy for #Stadia to get more players is to offer the latest “viral” games — think along the lines of #Fall #Guys and #Hades, some of the bigger overnight successes of the year. There’s no denying that #Stadia is one of the most convenient ways of playing a particular game, just buy and play. #Unfortunately, there’s almost no way to know in advance which game is going to be the next big thing.

#Overall, #Google needs to put #Stadia into position for success by ensuring 2021’s road map is filled with games that have same-day launches on #Stadia, instead of the months-delayed launches we saw in 2020.

#Stadia-exclusive features

#Typically, each new generation of gaming hardware comes with features that were otherwise impossible on previous consoles — things like ray tracing, built-in streaming tools, or unique controller features. #From the day it was first revealed, #Google has been touting the unique things that games on #Stadia should be able to do either through cloud-enabled features or by integrating with the #Google ecosystem. #So far, all we’ve gotten are early previews of features like #Crowd #Play on #YouTube and #State #Share that only work with one game.

#Why do we even have an #Assistant button?

#And that’s a downright shame considering there’s such an infinite wealth of possibilities to be tapped into. #Imagine if a game could be directly tied into the #Google #Assistant. #As suggested at GDC 2019, players could one day ask the #Assistant for help with beating a level. #But let’s go deeper. A horror game could — theoretically, if given permission — use the #Assistant to control your smart home lights to suddenly black out your room in a dramatic moment.

#Regardless of the actual implementation, more games should attempt to take advantage of #Stadia’s exclusive features in 2021, as it gives players a reason to play on #Stadia over other consoles that they may already own.

#Graphics upgrade

#One of the more unlikely items for #Stadia’s 2021 road map is the possibility of a “hardware” refresh. #With the latest generation of consoles now in many households around the world, #Stadia’s seemingly last-gen performance will not age well, particularly as games arrive that optimize for those new consoles.

#For quite some time now, it’s been rumored that something of a “Gen 2” is coming to #Stadia, bringing features that we’ve not yet seen. #For example, the developers of the upcoming game #Chorus have indicated — but later deleted — that the #Stadia version of the game will offer ray tracing, a computationally difficult lighting technique not used by any current #Stadia games.

#It remains to be seen what all else such a “Gen 2” upgrade could bring, but the important thing to remember is that the “upgrade” would be seamless and shouldn’t cost players or even need you to think about it. #Since everything is in the cloud, #Stadia can simply boot more demanding games on better server hardware.

#Android TV support

I’m mentioning this one last as it’s the one thing that’s been outright confirmed. #Though the #Chromecast with #Google TV has been launched as an effective successor to the #Chromecast #Ultra, the newer #Google TV/Android TV powered device is currently unable to (officially) play games on #Stadia.

google stadia android tv app

#Thankfully, #Google confirmed to us that #Stadia would be coming to the #Chromecast with #Google TV in the first half of the new year, with broader #Android TV support coming later on. #In the meantime, our APK #Insight team is closely following the development of #Stadia’s fledgling #Android TV experience with each update to #Stadia’s #Android app.

#How long will these take?

#Unfortunately, for many of these improvements, as well as the ones we haven’t thought of, #Google is keeping intentionally tight-lipped about their plans. #As outlined by #John #Justice in a recent #Escapist podcast, the #Stadia team is making an effort to no longer overpromise on the service’s future. #That means we likely won’t know when these improvements are meant to arrive until the day they launch.

FTC: #We use income earning auto affiliate links. #More.


#Check out 9to5Google on #YouTube for more news:





[ source link ]
https://9to5google.com/2020/12/31/whats-next-on-google-stadias-road-map-for-2021/

##Whats ##Google ##Stadias #road #map

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments