12 September 2019
Google offered the first look of its Stadia at this year’s GDC event and later on, it came up with a short yet crisp live streaming and detailed out everything about the gaming service. Google touched every aspect at the event to make enthusiasts more familiar with the service but it did leave some curious questions behind but fret not, it's answering them now, well, at least a few of them. To fill the blanks and answer their curiosity, Andrey Doronichev, Director of Product for Stadia came up with an AMA session on Reddit.
Doronichev put clarity to many subjects and areas of the Stadia and removed confusion among the users. To start with, he was quite clear in simplifying the doubts like Stadia Pro can’t be termed as “Netflix for Games” like some are addressing. He mentioned, people can call it a close competitor of Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus.
Upon asking will there be any plans for an achievement system?, Doronichev answered frankly and mentioned not to expect it at the launch but there’s going by a system for sure. He also explained more details on the UI will come in November, once the Stadia goes to the shelves. However, he promises that the interface is looking good.
On the question what announced features will be available at the launch, he replied, only the basic functionality is coming at the launch. "You can play games across screens, no waiting for downloads or patches, social, store, etc. Of course, it’s not going to be every feature we announced at our vision announcement on day 1. But that’s the beauty of a cloud platform - it’ll be constantly improving!"
He also shared the good news about what will happen if you unsubscribe from the Pro tier and subscribe again in the future. To this, he replied, “you will regain access to those Pro games you claimed in the past while you were a subscriber. But not the ones that were offered to Pro subscribers while you were unsubscribed.”
One of the questions even related to the other end of this story that what will happen with the game purchases if the Stadia service is ever discontinued. Doronichev detailed his this answer and said that the "moving to the cloud is scary."
The games you buy on Stadia are yours to play. From day one we’ll support Takeout, so that you can download your game metadata, including saves if you want to.
Of course, it’s ok to doubt my words. There's nothing I can say now to make you believe if you don't. But what we can do is to launch the service and continue investing in it for years to come. Exactly how we've been doing with Gmail, Docs, Music, Movies and Photos. That’s exactly what we’re committed to.”
To the question will Stadia have its own Global Chat and Friends System?, Doronichev replied that the team is investing a lot in Social, Communications, and Safety on Stadia. At the launch, users will be able to manage the friends’ list, they could even create parties, and use platform level voice chat. He also assured that this is just the beginning as more advanced social features will come as Stadia moves forward.
He also stated that more options are going to be added as Stadia support. Currently, Chromecast Ultra is supported because it has full 4K Stadia experience.
So that was Google Stadia's first AMA session where the director of Stadia answered some important questions. Nothing revealing came to notice but the matter wasn’t frivolous, of course. We get to know more about the gaming service and how Google is going forward and it’s good to note that the company is interacting with the users to know their thoughts.