Opinion: Is Stadia going to Jeopardize Google Play Games?


If you're into practically any type of gaming, you've heard the big announcements coming from Google Stadia. This new game streaming platform is not just close with its 2019 release date, but also a system that promises what would have been science fiction a decade ago. On launch, it will support a 4k resolution, 60pfs, and HDR, while some of these numbers should get a bump soon after that.

With a range of features, like direct streaming and State Share, it's also a diverse platform that merges content creation and gaming on an unprecedented level. However, does all of this means that it could jeopardize another Google product, Google Play and its games? I don’t think so and here’s why.

Consoles Market in Stadia's Crosshair

Google Stadia is, in my view, going for the console market. With a full AAA game streaming capability, getting a subscription makes a lot more financial sense than paying about $60 for a single game (if you’re not into collecting). Additionally, a dedicated controller also points towards more mid-core to the hardcore gaming market, and not the casual arena. Google Play games are still dominantly geared towards casual players, even though titles like PUBG mobile did bring in core gamers in recent years. Still, the whole Stadia setup seems to be geared towards not-casual games.

Working with Google Play not against it

Among a range of devices, Stadia will support are also Android devices. This means that in theory, a player will be able to get Stadia on their tablet, along with the controller and also have access to regular Android games from Google Play. There could even be a degree of controller support for the native Android title. For example, imagine playing the previously mentioned PUBG mobile, but only with a console-like controller.

Google Play is making Money

Google Play Store made over $24 billion in 2018. This is a jump of more than 27 percent when compared to 2017. The service is going strong, so it makes little sense for Google Stadia to try and eat Google Play lunch. I’m certain that this fact was not lost on its creators.

What do you think? Will the Stadia effect (if the launch and adoption go according to plan) have a negative impact on Google Play?

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