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    The more i read into this and hear people talk, the more i'm starting to feel like this isn't going to be "for everyone" like they pitched but just those lucky few with good enough internet and infrastructure to avoid lag/latency...i really can't see this working as a business if (by what people are saying) most people in the US can't even get the basic internet required to us it, and even those that can will have another charge to pay Google on top of an already expensive internet package. Google must be aware of this and have a plan...right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haysey View Post
    FUCKING HELL How...how is this even going to work for most of America?! Are Google going to install and start charging for their own internet?
    Google Fiber has been a thing for a while . As a side note, Peoria, Illinois was a candidate for Google Fiber in 2010 (we lost).

    Cable has had a monopoly in this area since the 1970's; we finally got fiber in 2014, but hey, it's not available in most of Peoria because of territory clauses or some such BS. The reason I explain all of this is because the situation here is not even close to unique as far as the United States. If you don't live in a "major" city, or lucky enough to live in an area that was chosen for FIOS or Google Fiber, you're kind of screwed. Or you spend $200 a month for Internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Google Fiber has been a thing for a while . As a side note, Peoria, Illinois was a candidate for Google Fiber in 2010 (we lost).

    Cable has had a monopoly in this area since the 1970's; we finally got fiber in 2014, but hey, it's not available in most of Peoria because of territory clauses or some such BS. The reason I explain all of this is because the situation here is not even close to unique as far as the United States. If you don't live in a "major" city, or are lucky enough to live in an area that was chosen for FIOS or Google Fiber, you're kind of screwed. Or you spend $200 a month for Internet.
    That's crazy! I thought our internet was bad and poorly done, but it really sounds like alot of the US has been REALLY screwed, especially as the internet is so vital to so many peoples lives now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haysey View Post
    FUCKING HELL How...how is this even going to work for most of America?! Are Google going to install and start charging for their own internet?
    probably

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    I'm not hyped on this... It sounds like Playstation Now / Remote Play... which works with some games fine and not so great with ones that need quick timing and fast reflexes. It's fine as an addendum to an option you can play locally.

    And even then, while PSNow lets you download games to your system to improve performance, I'm cancelling my subscription. It's not worth it, mainly because there isn't enough content on it that I don't already have, and this Google system sounds like it'll take a while to even catch up with that.

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    Pretty much what Jinsai said.

    Where I live, we only have a few options with being in the same boat as what Jon stated above. Fiber is only available in certain areas, forcing people to go for the other only overpriced option that offers terrible packages for speeds they claim are "Fastest".

    The claims they are making are some big ones to follow through with. At least we have the Atari VCS to look forward... to....?
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    So these aren't necessarily the same thing, but we have:

    Steam Link Anywhere
    Microsoft xCloud
    Google Stadia

    Now there's rumors going around that Wal-Mart is interested in starting a cloud gaming service.

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    Digital Foundry had nice first impressions video:



    Interesting part is that "your" computer can be configured to have more GPUs and CPUs... can feel some potential for... something there.

    But, internet speed is overrated, what's important is ping and stability. Why all stream video players cache stuff? Because with internet, nothing is guaranteed, when will next data packet arrive, and will it at all? I remember the pain when my internet connection dropped for 1 second while in "pro" simrace (e.g. Live for Speed), hours of training, being right there with all info about tyres and fuel and strategy and laps remaining, and suddenly staring at the disconnect screen with dead wheel in hands. Do you have connection without drops? I don't think anybody does, not for that money, it just doesn't show with "normal" use.

    Update: Also discussed in latest "Linux Tech Tips" youtube WAN show.
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    So as it currently stands we have these monthly fee gaming services...

    PS Now (streaming mainly)
    Xbox All Access
    EA Play
    Google Statida (Streaming only)
    Apple Arcade

    with Amazon and Wallmart (yes wallmart) yet to show off their services, anyone else think the market getting a little clustered already?

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    Streaming in general has turned into a incessant clusterfuck.

    This is exactly how people turn back to piracy. If anything, it's making me extremely picky as to what I subscribe to.

    Out of all of those, the only I care for is PS Now and it's 90% because of Bloodborne hah. Free games I'll likely never end up playing are cool too though.

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    I just got a TCL ROKU 55’ 4K TV and i plan on getting a Xbox One X next week. I’ve never played 4K, so will I see a vast difference? I’m really looking forward to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theburningreptile View Post
    I just got a TCL ROKU 55’ 4K TV and i plan on getting a Xbox One X next week. I’ve never played 4K, so will I see a vast difference? I’m really looking forward to it!
    You will notice a difference, but nowhere near the jump from 480 to 1080. There are charts floating around that take in to account human eyesight, viewing distance, and resolution of display. These charts suggest "most" people would need a TV of 62" or larger to really begin to see the difference between 1080 and 4K. This is at an average viewing of 8-12 feet away.

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    Exclusive: What to Expect From Sony's Next-Gen Playstation

    - Not coming out in 2019
    - CPU = 3rd Gen Ryzen with new Zen 2 microarchitecture
    - GPU = Radeon Navi variant, with ray-tracing capabilities
    - 3D audio without extra hardware.
    - Support for 8K
    - Built-in SSD!!!

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