I don’t see it as replacing my occasional pc hardware upgrades, but if the price is right, I can use this to play the games that would normally require a $500+ GPU update every year, and be content with purchasing something “not cutting-edge” at a bargain price for the titles that don’t require it.
I was in the Stadia beta, and it was fantastic. Better than it had any right to be. And Google hit it out of the park with tailoring it for Chromecast Ultra-level hardware.
Yeah, it’s not gonna replace running stuff locally, but for the people who stay far away from pc gaming because they’re not willing to enter the never-ending hardware race, this is a perfect way for Google (and their partners) to get their dollars.
Also, no one’s mentioned VR. I can stomach paying $400 or so for goggles. I can’t stomach paying more than twice that for the required GPU to run it well. Someone comes out with goggles that have integrated network capability and a decent enough cpu, there’s your killer app. Leave all the heavy lifting to Google’s datacenters.