Can anyone smell the Xbox One reveal? There’s a certain whiff of that around Google Stadia which really is not having a great time at launch. Features are missing, the much trumpeted 4K graphics are actually 1080p upscaled, Chromecasts are overheating, and buddy passes have been delayed.
One of the key selling points of Google Stadia is that unlike PC and Console games you would never have to watch a game update download.
“Thanks for bringing this to our attention. This is a bug within the game that’s showing an unintended screen. We’re working with the developer on this, and I’ll report back once there’s an update,” said Google on Reddit.
“We’re continuing to work diligently with the developer on this matter,” they added a little later. “We’re looking to have another update for you all after the Thanksgiving holiday. In the meantime, NBA 2K will play correctly after a brief update. Thanks for your patience!”
So there you go, the system that has been sold on never having updates will have updates, at least until next week. Gotta laugh, haven’t you?
“Stadia is a wonderful streaming tech demo that gives us an idea of the patch-free, download-free future we could be living in, but little more,” said Dom in our 6/10 review. He might want to go back and rethink that given the news above, but he adds “For anyone beyond those who simply must try out the newest piece of technology, it’s probably worth waiting for 2020 to really see how Google’s vision of our gaming future pans out.”
When Google announced Stadia they revealed that the pro subscription would include one free game “roughly once a month” but have now announced not one but two free games for December and they are Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Farming Simulator 19.