Stadia: Google's Game Streaming Platform

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Re: Stadia: Google's Game Streaming Platform

Post by Big Boss Man » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:19 am

If the modern consoles do go digital, there will still be a market for Retro games, the market for them right now is booming, so the regular type of game retailers will switch to specialising in those instead I think. Plus some folks prefer physical to digital, so if it does go to a totally digital download format for games it'll be a gradual transition. So in a way it's similar to music, Vinyl has come back huge despite the streaming services (YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal etc). You always need everyone to have a solid internet download speed/connection to totally give up on physical discs/carts etc since you're alienating part of your target audience. Say they live in a rural area etc, I've read some parts of the UK don't have broadband internet so imagine downloading a 50+GB game on dial up :olol:

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Re: Stadia: Google's Game Streaming Platform

Post by pixel » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:29 am

Bandit wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:11 pm
pixel wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:45 am

2. Stadia does okay: Genres with a heavy multiplayer focus find a new home with streaming. Consoles start to dabble with this new architecture where games lean on cloud computing for games such as battle royale games, but most titles still run on local hardware.
I think the next consoles were going this direction anyway before Stadia was announced from what I'd heard. That none will run discs and just download or stream games. (Which is why Xbox is putting out that disc-less One for cheap as a test.)
If Microsoft had its way, the Xbox One would've already been a digital platform. But they tried to kill physical media too quickly by putting a hard cap on disc reselling. You've got to ease the console market into a digital-first environment, not impose haphazard limits that will only alienate the folks that buy second-hand media.
Bandit wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:11 pm
So I guess that means R.I.P. Gamestop.
That is a bummer, Gamestop has done pretty well at converting their stores into more of a lifestyle store (e.g. Hot Topic, Spencer's). They actually do sell some fun toys and other junk that won't normally be available in a physical store.
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If the modern consoles do go digital, there will still be a market for Retro games, the market for them right now is booming
The transition to digital downloads has already affected the local used CD store here. Back in the PS2/Xbox/GC days, they had a huge stock of used games. But since the last generation, they've started selling less and less used software and hardware.

And yes, the prices for NES/SNES have been ridiculous. Had I known how much that market would grow in the past ten years, I'd bought more games when prices were much cheaper.

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Re: Stadia: Google's Game Streaming Platform

Post by Big Boss Man » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:37 am

The transition to digital downloads has already affected the local used CD store here. Back in the PS2/Xbox/GC days, they had a huge stock of used games. But since the last generation, they've started selling less and less used software and hardware. Luckily, the retro gaming scene is skyrocketing so they can make bank on old NES/SNES games.
That's interesting, thanks. There's still a strong market here for pre-owned games and there's retailers like Game which still sell new stock on disc. Could be to due with their not being everyone on good internet connections and for some purchasing a normal disc is easier than having to download it digitally, plus pre owned games are often at least 20-30% (even more in some cases) cheaper than the download version. For example Asda (which is owned by Walmart) sells WWE 2K19 for about £24 brand new for XBone and on the Xbox Store it's £55. So the logical choice is still go for physical since the disc version is almost half the digital.

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Re: Stadia: Google's Game Streaming Platform

Post by Big Boss Man » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:41 am

If Microsoft had its way, the Xbox One would've already been a digital platform.
Yea they did originally want the Xbone to be a completely digital console if I'm correct. I think in say 5 years time that would be a smarter move but back then it was relying too much on foresight that digital would be more popular than physical.

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Re: Stadia: Google's Game Streaming Platform

Post by Bandit » Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:26 am

The Gamestops I go to don't have much in the way of old system games. They're loaded with used 360, Wii and PS3 games. And I see a bunch of people looking at 360 games. They do have lots of Rick & Morty and Fortnite stuff, but I've never seen people look at it. And lots of Funco Pop toys. The most popular area is the
Switch section.

I don't play games as much as I did with 360 (and my "I have to have every game" phase ended during PS2 and the first Xbox.) I do play XBox One, but really just get 3 or 4 games a year and play kind of slow because I don't have the time. This year I really just play Red Dead 2, Resident Evil 2, UFC 3 and Madden 19. I buy physical games probably out of habit. If I'm out shopping there's 4 Gamestops in the area so I just go there. And I've never played online just because I like story games like GTA, Red Dead and Resident Evil. I guess I'm a Basic Bitch gamer. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will probably be the last game I buy this year when it comes out.

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