I also own an xbox. I have had several PlayStations as well. A computer guy can still like consoles even if you feel the computer is superior in every way. I will admit there are games that they keyboard and mouse may not be the best controller for that game but those are usually console exclusive anyway.
As for Google not setting pricing. Think about that for a second. A company runs a huge sale but leaves stadia price the same? Why would they do that? If every company continues to do that it will kill stadia all together then nobody will enjoy it.
I haven't had any real issues actually playing my games with stadia so I'm not complaining about performance. Just frankly unless it is a console exclusive type game, I will not pay console prices for it when the computer version is much cheaper.
I will agree with you that the ones that are on sale are usually closer to PC prices and the few games I have bought have all been bought on sale.
While I disagree with a lot of the YouTube videos damning stadia, they do have at least one point that I agree with and that is stadia released way to early and frankly is in an identity crisis right now. Ok two things I agree with them on, the commerical is both awesome and cringe worthy at the same time. Of course they think it's just cringe worthy.
I do think there's a problem when the developers are setting prices higher here than other places. That Ubisoft/AC Odyssey one last week really bugged me because Ubisoft has been a "partner" with Google in this since the beta. But it's only been 6 weeks. I think the developers are saying Google has to show them that the platform can be profitable before they will really work on the pricing. I hope it gets better, but it's not as bad as it seems.
I've been hoping they would give AC Odyssey as a Pro "free" title. I'm still hoping that when they open up the platform to everyone that maybe they will give that game to kind of attract a bigger player base. I think they'll have to give up some major title to do so. But we'll see, it's still early. I think it'll be at least 6 months before we can really get an idea what this platform is going to really offer.
I think Stadia pricing is largely correct. It's not a product aimed at existing PC players.
Even if games are £10 dearer on Stadia than PC, how many games would you need to buy to cover the cost of a decent gaming PC.
Likewise for a console, how many Stadia games will you be able to buy with the same money that is required to buy a new PS4 Pro, Xbox One X or better yet, the new consoles that will be coming out.
I think there are two things to consider here.
1.) Hardware Costs: Stadias big advantage is, that you don‘t need the hardware. So next time you have to upgrade your hardware, consider a fraction of this cost and add it to the steam price.
2.) Stadia is a new platform: And on new platforms prices are often a bit more expensive. At the beginning of the PS4 publishers charges a lot more for almost identical PS3 Ports. They did that, because on new platforms there aren‘t many games and this means very few competition. With more time and more games, i think the prices will get better.
That said, for such a young service, I think the prices are actually quite good. We got already 6 free games and nearly every full price game received a pro discount in only 6 weeks. For example many criticize Shadow of the Tomb Raider with it‘s 60 bucks price tag, but you could already get this for only 24 bucks.
I actually bought a playstation 4 for 2 dollars. They gave me a loaf of bread. I plugged it in to the tv today, with a spring onion. But the company that sold it to me told I have to call the company who gave me the spring onion to find out why it is not functioning accordingly.
So went to the beach, found myself a big vortexual shell, and I placed it against my ear, and I said "Hello, God. This is me... Why is my spring onion not functioning accordingly?"
Stadia is neither a pc or a console. It has the hardware of a pc sure but, it has it's own OS much like PlayStation and Xbox does. So every game has to be customized for port to the stadia. The issue is some developers ( yes you Ubisoft) take the lazy way out and tend to used a crude version of the pc port version on stadia. This si why in games like Breakpoint you have so many issues with the game. Like GUI ones ( ability menu). If the devs actually took the time to make a real port for stadia all games would play like Destiny does. But most companies ( I said devs before but its actually the publishers who are to blame) want to put in as little work as possible while gaining as much profit as possible. The plus side is as stadia grows and more people realize the benefits of having it. It'll force the Publishers and Developers to put in the work for a great experience on stadia to capitalize on the consumers that use it.
I want to try to have my say even if I am not very good with English ... google translator helps.
I am a PC player I have always had powerful PCs to play the latest games.
Unfortunately now my PC is getting old and I don't have the money to get a new one with the Geforce 2080 TI. For this reason, having a 1Gb fiber optic connection, I decided to try Stadia. I must say that I am very happy but I am also a bit sorry for the high price of the games.
I play with Mouse and Keyboard, I don't know how to use the controller because I can use Stadia with controller on TV as if it were a console for me it is only an added value but not necessary at all.
Accustomed to PC prices for older games I think it is absurd to have to pay full price for a game that is even one year old. Moreover, due to its nature, Stadia necessarily brings disadvantages that digital copying for PC does not have. With staff:
And then it's a question of Marketing ... Stadia's entry into the market has not been the best, it has brought with it numerous criticisms. If you want customer loyalty, at least the first period, prices must be low and people who are PC gamers or Console Gamers are inclined to switch to this type of entertainment, or at least as an alternative to their PS4 or PC.
I have made two purchases so far on stadia ..
I took Ghost Recon Breakpoint at a full price in my opinion excessive, I bought it only because I love the Ghoot Recon saga. And I must say that I was disappointed by the bugs and the graphic rendering it has on Stadia. (although happy to be able to play it since I wasn't running on PC)
and then I took Rage 2, I don't like the game mode too much but the price was tempting and I enjoy the game!
here you read? I said "the price was tempting" ... if the prices are tempting people, like me, buy and play.
You get what you pay for, Steam games are usually cheaper but are poorly optimized and you're rolling the dice on if the game will even run properly/at all.
Outside of two games, no other games have any major problems on Stadia. One of the two with a problem was just a minor inconvenience that has since been fixed. The other game had one big problem that already existed and still exists on the Steam version but has since been fixed on Stadia.