Oh, Google Stadia. What's there to actually like?

Ok, Google. Here we go again, you're trying to get into the market with another device. Kudos for that, but a word of advice: If you're going to come into the gaming industry, you better have your stuff together.

I've had the chance to spend many hours with the new Stadia - Google's new device for cloud gaming. While it is a great concept, the execution is just awful. I would chuck this up to growing pains, but this is Google we're talking about here. There should never be a product released from this behemoth of a corporation that would require and kind of growing pains.

My biggest gripes with the Stadia are lack of graphics quality, poor streaming performance and heavily delayed response time. Ok, so that's pretty much every point that can be made, right? Seriously though. I will give it this: If I've never streamed with any other platform before, I might think "Oh wow, this isn't bad.. this is alright." But I can't.. I just can't.

Nvidia's GeForce Now basically drags the Stadia through the mud. On every aspect I can think of. Quality, gaming experience, overall... everything. The fact that Stadia's market is a closed is, for me, the nail in the coffin. Why would I fork our my cash to pay for a title that I'll never be able to use outside of Stadia? That's absolute insanity. Anybody that thinks that's a good concept either doesn't care about money or is seriously not into gaming at all. But then what in the world are they even doing with one of these cloud gaming units to begin with?

This reminds me of the Android box Google came out with years ago. The Nexus Player. Another terribly executed product that came out years after companies like Matricom dominated the market with the G-Box. If you're going to release a product, be sure that it's at LEAST as good as your competitors, or have at least some special feature that would woo us tech-savvy people your way. Because, so far, Google, you've been playing the sandbox. If you want to be in the big leagues, it's time to grow up a bit.

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Why Android is perfect for Cloud Gaming these days

Cloud gaming is one of those incredible things that has recently become an option in the gaming industry. 10 years ago we'd never have thought of such a thing. Back then it was buy the best, most expensive hardware and outdo yourself for a higher FPS on that latest game. Boy, has a lot changed since then. One of the most important factors being readily available high-speed (and I mean, very high speed) internet

While traditional PC gaming was an expensive endeavor that likely resulted in outdated hardware in less than a couple of year's time, gaming on the cloud is quite the opposite. Now we're able to enter high-end gaming with less upfront investment. In fact, practically no investment at all, outside of stuff that you probably already have.

We took a look at some of the least expensive devices that can be used for cloud gaming and have boiled it down to pretty much a single, inexpensive product that you may have already. It's called the G-Box, an Android device made for your TV made by a company called Matricom. This little box is going to set you back a whopping $80 or so and is capable of all sorts of great stuff. Cloud gaming is one of those things. Matricom has even gone as far as making a list of several Android cloud gaming platforms that are compatible with their box.

These days high-speed internet is a basic commodity. Some places are even offering gigabit connections for under $100/month. This was unheard of just years ago. But the fact is, you don't need gigabit connectivity to stream games through the cloud. Even a 10 megabit connection is sufficient. Of course, with greater speed comes better response time due to lower latency and higher resolution.

So, if you haven't already. Get the G-Box if you don’t own it already. Make sure your internet is up to snuff. Pair a Bluetooth controller, download one of the many apps that are compatible with the box and have yourself an amazing day of gaming fun.

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