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I'm not paying for console game streaming (Microsoft xCloud, Google Project Stream) what about you?

Are you or would you be willing to pay for console game streaming of current and next-gen games?


  • Total voters
    1,935
Nov 13, 2017
333
If you think that a high-end unlimited streaming service with games included will be 50-100 USD a year then you haven't really considered the costs of actually providing that.

Maybe during early days as a loss leader -- but in practice that doesn't even pay for the actual hosting costs, never mind the content.
I'm pretty confident that the price will be lower overall over a generation then it is to own a console/PC with all the games bought.
 
May 11, 2018
827
The gameplay experience of streaming is absolutely awful. Why would anyone would pay for a service which makes games completely unfun to play by design?
Yeah, no.
I've been playing DMC3 and NG2 just fine without dropping any combos on PS Now. "Absolutely awful" is hyperbole in my book.
I would pay because I don't have a bottom-tier internet connection.
 
Oct 26, 2017
1,403
For the foreseeable future I think I'll prefer local to streaming.

However I bought fewer consoles this cycle than previously.

If the odd bit of content is available via streaming that I can't get on my reduced set of local consoles, I might dip in and out of streaming services to access that content temporarily.

I also happily use streaming/remoteplay for secondary access to my local hardware's content.

In then end it depends on how content shakes out. For example if Google's platform is streaming only, and if Google absorbs a chunk of beloved content IP through acquisitions - which is a distinct possibility - then if their service is any way decent where I am, I'd undoubtedly sign up from time to time for access to that content.

Next week will be super interesting here. We'll see if this is the starting gun on a big round of consolidation, which could lead to less multiplatform content, and more silo-ed content. That could compel me to keep maybe one or two 'main' home consoles, and a variety of looser relationships with other services depending on what games are available and when. I must admit though that it would be a shame for me if consolidation involving some streaming-only players (like, say, Google, or maybe Amazon or Apple in the future), led to a situation where some publishers/developers, newly owned by those companies, stopped bringing content to local systems
 
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Oct 25, 2017
3,546
I will when UK internet speeds get improved. They wouldn't be good enough for 4k gaming.
Blame BT for that.
Virgin and Hyperoptics are the only ones doing something good, hyperoptics especially with their 1GB up and down....though they are only available in limited apartment complexes in limited cities. But I pay 36 quid a month for their gigabit connection. Virgin on the other hand is too expensive for what it provides.
 
Nov 8, 2017
925
With the Geforce Now Beta I'm convinced cloud gaming is already a viable solution under most cases. This type of service will only get better in time as they reduce latency/bandwidth consumption and increase image quality. At some point exclusive games designed to take full advantage of what is possible with the cloud will start to come out and that will do a lot to promote this type of service.
 
Dec 6, 2018
31
This is one of those things that is optional and in the future will not, remember when for costumes there was unlocks and all and now is dlc ?
What’s outrageous in one time may not be in another, I play less and less so I may give up altogether
 
Oct 28, 2017
2,764
I'm not against it, but I'm willing to wait and see how it goes. I was there back in the day, 2012 when the first go a PC Game Streaming came out. It was awful, but you could see what they were going for.

Right now I pay for Netflix & Amazon Prime. If the library was big, if the cost around that, I could see myself going that way. The biggest issue for me is library size & performance. I'm not willing to pay for all of these and I'm not committing until I see proof they can provide what they are offering.
 
Oct 25, 2017
21,560
Blame BT for that.
Virgin and Hyperoptics are the only ones doing something good, hyperoptics especially with their 1GB up and down....though they are only available in limited apartment complexes in limited cities. But I pay 36 quid a month for their gigabit connection. Virgin on the other hand is too expensive for what it provides.
I do

I live in Northumberland so no chance of great internet until the 2030s
 
Oct 26, 2017
7,119
I'm pretty confident that the price will be lower overall over a generation then it is to own a console/PC with all the games bought.
If you went out your way to buy everything at full price probably. Considering most just buy a CoD, FIFA [sports game] and maybe 1 other day 1 AAA every years, it'd probably be the same for most, if not way more depending on how exclusives play out with these services. If I have to sub to PSNow, EA Access, Ubisoft's, Activision's, Game Pass and whatever else to have access to all that I do now just having a PS4 and XB1, that'd be a lot more expensive than what I pay over a gen for similar accessability now, way more than I have any interest in paying.
 
Oct 25, 2017
5,559
PA - US
I'm absolutely going to pay for game streaming as long as it benefits me. I'm a married man with multiple TV's and one of each console. There are plenty of nights where I'm too tired to hang out downstairs with my Xbox, but still want to play certain games. I'd welcome streaming in that scenario. I'd also welcome it in being able to play certain games from my phone while I'm out and about.

That said, I don't think I'd want game streaming as a full replacement for physical games. It'd have to provide way more benefit than it is set to do now. Until then, it seems like a good compliment to me.
 
Oct 27, 2017
856
I'm never giving up local rendering & processing, or at least not until streaming offers the same or better experience in every possible way.
I'd sooner resort to being stuck playing older games.

That's if I'm understanding what you mean by streaming here, because I really like Gamepass and the ability to have Netflix-style library of games I can download and install.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,329
Unova
I’m glad Nintendo is slow as hell to adopt new trends in the industry so I’m hoping for a few more console generations from them at the least.

I voted no I wouldn’t support it but it’s something I would try on the Switch if X-Cloud comes over. Other then that my support for Sony stops as soon as they go all in on streaming.
 
Oct 25, 2017
300
I travel a lot and I don't want to go carry a second laptop (for gaming). I had one in the past and remember well the issues with power requirement/battery/size... I hope I can get great experience streaming from chrome.
 
Oct 27, 2017
320
The more I think about it, the more sure I am that there's nothing good to come of it. Even if they ever get latency, compression, etc 100% ironed out, there's always going to be a catch.

I can't wait for the day when you have the option to pay a higher sub to get better graphics or fps.
 
Oct 26, 2017
976
It's hard to answer given we don't know what the service will be like. What I'd like to see is how this will work for people who travel. For example, can I use a chromecast and my phone to use game streaming. I'd love to see game saves carry over. You start playing a game on PC/console at home and when you're away you can still play it over the cloud and your progress carries over.

If it's just another big box you plug in under your TV for game streaming, then I'm not interested.
 
Oct 25, 2017
113
Depending on price and performance, absolutely. I never really go back through my library, so something that costs less than I am already paying with comparable performance seems to mesh with the way I now consume my movies, TV and music (which I am happy with). I still want the option to buy though...