I think it’s fair to say, that even though it’s still in its early stages, Google Stadia has not made good on its promise of features. We’ve already seen horrendous input lag for some of its games, Crowd Play not being functional, not all devices being compatible and more.
That’s also not taking into account needing to have a very reliable internet connection to even come close to getting the best out of Google Stadia, the lack of AAA titles and promised exclusives, plus the non-consumer friendly concept of not only paying a monthly subscription, but also paying full RRP for each game on top of that. A “Netflix for Games” or Xbox Game Pass, this is not.
However, following a recent post on Bethesda’s Slayers Club forums, it has been revealed that Google Stadia is about to fail to deliver on yet another promise, for a game they’ve been making a big song and dance about: DOOM Eternal.
When Google Stadia was officially unveiled to the world during GDC 2019, iD Software’s Marty Stratton revealed on stage that DOOM Eternal will achieve “true 4K” at “60 frames-per-second.”
Stratton stated that “If you’re gonna prove to the world that you can stream games from the cloud, what better proof than Doom?” and he added “if you’re gonna prove to a developer that you’re serious about building a robust platform, what better team than iD, where we push every platform to its limit?” Sadly, as we edge closer to the games release date that appears not to be the case.
On Bethesda’s Slayers Club post, it was revealed that DOOM Eternal on Google Stadia will actually run at 1080p/60fps on HD displays, but will be up-sampled to 2160p from 1800p at 60fps on 4K displays. As you can imagine, this broken promise has not gone down well with some fans that were expecting to play a best version of DOOM Eternal on Google Stadia.
Technically, while iD Software can also be criticised for not delivering on their promise, Google has also made big promises about playing games at 4K and 60fps on the Google Stadia platform, so I guess both parties can share some of the blame.
Were you looking forward to playing DOOM Eternal on Google Stadia?
DOOM Eternal will release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Google Stadia on March 20th, then later in the year for the Nintendo Switch.
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