Google Stadia Underperformed With Its Pre-Orders

It could become a „monumental flop,” but we shouldn’t write off Google Stadia just yet.

We have discussed the Google Stadia several times recently, and not because the game streaming service won’t be available around us for probably a year or even more. Until then, who knows? „Google Stadia is out today, and it already looks like a monumental flop. (I heard from one person involved that preorders were below expectations.) Question is, will they eventually stop trying to sell games and switch to an all-you-can-eat subscription model? Or just let it die? I don’t think Google is going to give up on Stadia that quickly — they’re building multiple game studios as we speak — but it was always asinine to think they could sell games at full price on this thing. Need to pivot, even if it means losing some of the biggest AAA games,” Kotaku’s Jason Schreier wrote on Twitter.

Sure, Google Stadia’s Founder Edition has sold out (it got replaced by the Premiere Edition), but it doesn’t mean much – Google hasn’t revealed how many Founder’s Editions were made in the first place. If they made a thousand, it would sell out, yes, but if they made a million, then it wouldn’t be in a potentially bad launch situation. It’s probably in the middle, but it looks like Google has overshot its expectations about the Google Stadia. (The Founder’s Edition needed a quarter of a year to sell out…)

Google’s idea of asking full price (60 dollars) for a game on their platform is indeed a bad move – you „buy” the game, but you only get access to it until you have an active subscription. (Otherwise, it’s a classic example of wasting money.) The Stadia also has technical limitations, which we discussed yesterday.

Source: WCCFTech

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