Why Google Stadia is Failing (and will Fail)

Note: I started writing this article about a year or two ago. Today I was browsing through my drafts and I found it. Stadia was recently shut down, so I was right. The article remains unfinished, and begins here.


There. that’s the article.

No, but seriously. Latency is a deal-breaker for gamers. Let me explain.

When I was buying my TV a few years ago, I made sure to check the input lag of all the TVs I considered before making a purchase. I ended up choosing a TV which had a 20ms input lag in game mode, and around 100ms in non-game mode. When I first hooked up my PS4, I immediately noticed the lag in non-game mode. Even things like menus were noticeably laggy. Games were unplayable.