Massive supporter of Stadia and the tech here also fully aware of what it is and what it isn't but getting fed up to the point it's almost time to abandon it, interested to hear the thoughts of others who ditched Microsoft or PS or PC to go down this new route, how are you feeling guys at this stage because it feels not dead to me but very under used and under promoted.
I was amazed by how quickly Stadia implemented the achievement system (something that was not an urgency), but up until December, it no longer feels like some critical, community-building features are a priority. Let me give you an example.
I have hundreds of people in my friend list on Stadia, and I meet many more whenever I play Destiny 2. But there is little to no way of communicating with them (most of them don't use mics or the forum). Sometimes, I receive invitations to play while I am busy doing other activities, so I decline joining them, and vice-versa if they are busy. After a while, you just stop inviting those people. A simple platform chat system would resolve that, and actually help Stadia towards building a community.
And now, we are about 3 months in, with no information about such system. As you said, they are probably working on it behind the scenes, but unless they communicate with their community on these important features, we can only conclude that nothing is happening.
Honestly a messaging system would go a long way to make destiny better, so many random invite I literally just ignore now and I'd imagine a simple feature like that missing has driven many away from destiny, also uploading clips is an absolute basic that should be there and then get the OS to include a news feed with friend clips etc. and get a store on Chromecast too instead of mobile.
Unlike many others I don't care about more games it's the basics that should be here by now which aren't and makes it feel so threadbare, they gotta get something done soon.
Maybe the achievements are very simple to add and can't be an issue. A messaging system is something that brings thoughts, it needs to be monitored so there's no harrassment, kids are safe, no one spamming ads or hacks, etc.
You may be absolutely right on that. However, that is not the issue at hand. For the sake of argument, let's just say that adding a messaging system to Stadia would take 9 months due to some of the lesser known complexities of such implementation, as you mentioned. Now, imagine that throughout that entire process, the Stadia team says nothing and remains silent, up until they finally release it. Therein lies my concern.
I completely understand that they might not be able to tell us when such and such game might be coming to the platform. But it would be cool if we were provided with a roadmap of some of the things Stadia has a bit more control over. And if those timelines change, perfectly fine. The silence is just a bit unnerving to me
Not necessarily fed up but concerned...
Finished AC Odyssey yesterday and once I finish Metro I will have pretty much played all the games available (either on stadia or previously on other platforms)
Reluctant to purchase any more as there's a high chance they will become pro games in March so am left wondering what I will play next....
If they could get uplay over the line it would be a quick win to add some additional titles.
Loving the tech, just hoping it keeps moving forward...
Nervous that all negative feedback around user numbers etc is causing developers to hold off.