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Google, Bungie, id Software all under fire in a new Stadia lawsuit

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One day Google might catch a break with their cloud gaming service Stadia but it's not now and perhaps rightfully so in this case. There's a new proposed class action lawsuit filed by a New York resident over the streaming quality and display resolution on Stadia.

As pick up initially by ClassAction, the lawsuit doesn't just involve Google. They're taking aim at Bungie and id Software claiming they all mislead players about the expected resolution when getting people to pay upfront for the Founder's Edition and Premier Edition bundles that came with the Stadia Controller and a Chromecast Ultra.

The lawsuit was originally filed in October 2020, with it only recently being moved from Queens County Superior Court to the New York federal court on February 12 so it's all still ongoing and these things tend to take plenty of time.

The problem is with how it was all initially advertised, when Google went on to claim how Stadia was "more powerful than both Xbox One X and Playstation 4 Pro combined" according to the lawsuit and that "all of the video games on the Google Stadia platform would support 4k resolution at launch". Interestingly, the lawsuit seems to indicate that the free $10 / £10 that Google give away on Stadia was as a result of "months of settlement negotiations" which is the first I've heard of.

Not only that, the lawsuit alleges that customers were basically Beta testers prior to the launch of the free version of Stadia that anyone can now sign up for (with Stadia Pro now being optional).


As someone who picked up the Founder's Edition, I can definitely agree with it feeling like we were all Beta testing for a wider roll out, and clearly Google's advertisement and marketing was far too hyped up and full of hot air about the expected quality and resolution for Stadia games. It definitely doesn't help when Google's Phil Harrison, replied to people on Twitter to further hype up the quality:

Yes, all games at launch support 4K. We designed Stadia to enable 4K/60 (with appropriate TV and bandwidth). We want all games to play 4K/60 but sometimes for artistic reasons a game is 4K/30 so Stadia always streams at 4K/60 via 2x encode.

Now though, the service is actually pretty good but Google absolutely handled it poorly to begin with. Even now, quite a few games are still 30FPS even at 1080p which is not great and Google seriously need to do a better job of noting these things for each game which they currently do not.

It will be interesting to see what becomes of this lawsuit, if anything.


Additionally, Stadia is also currently under a bit of fire from users due to Journey To The Savage Planet from Typhoon Studios (who Google acquired and then shut down) being broken for some. Since Google let the developers go when they announced how they're no longer doing first-party games, it looks like they might not have anyone available currently to fix it. That's a bit of a disaster eh? Updated: they've now solved it after around 20 days.

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Zappor 23 Feb
Negative latency!!
Class action is no action, the only ones who profit are the lawyers
TheSHEEEP 23 Feb
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Quoting: LibertyPaulMClass action is no action, the only ones who profit are the lawyers
If it goes through, the target loses, though.
Sometimes, that is the best you can hope for.
dubigrasu 23 Feb
I don't personally care about 4K, (I think 1440p is the sweet spot) I care more about a minimum of 60fps. And I doubt is Stadia's choice here, (rather Bethesda's), but is ridiculous that (as stated in the article) Elder scrolls Online still runs at 30fps even cranked down at 720p.
All this while they were talking even about 8K. They really really need to stop this over-promise > under-deliver thing they're doing.
jens 23 Feb
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Quoting: dubigrasuI don't personally care about 4K, (I think 1440p is the sweet spot) I care more about a minimum of 60fps. And I doubt is Stadia's choice here, (rather Bethesda's), but is ridiculous that (as stated in the article) Elder scrolls Online still runs at 30fps even cranked down at 720p.
All this while they were talking even about 8K. They really really need to stop this over-promise > under-deliver thing they're doing.

Yeah, seems like a heavy disconnect between marketing/sales and actual development team.
slaapliedje 23 Feb
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Quoting: dubigrasuI don't personally care about 4K, (I think 1440p is the sweet spot) I care more about a minimum of 60fps. And I doubt is Stadia's choice here, (rather Bethesda's), but is ridiculous that (as stated in the article) Elder scrolls Online still runs at 30fps even cranked down at 720p.
All this while they were talking even about 8K. They really really need to stop this over-promise > under-deliver thing they're doing.
I was recently arguing back and forth with someone who clearly is of the 'PC Master Race' persuasion. I myself could be considered as such as well, but the older I get (as I told him) the more I lean toward wanting to play games on my TV with a controller. Mainly due to already spending far too much time on a keyboard / mouse working. And so I lean toward playing games on the PC with gamepad support.

But he was insisting that the Atari VCS sucked because it couldn't handle 4k@120fps. Without also saying that 99% of PCs can't handle games at max settings at 4k@120fps either...

4k isn't really a thing unless you have the unobtanium current Gen GPUs, and certainly not at 120fps. Mind you I would MUCH prefer high details over high resolution. Unless you are strapping the screens to your face (in VR) then having that high of resolution is fine if you can already set maximum settings. I'd rather have more details / effects than tinier pixels. Streaming in general tends to make things blurry to try to increase framerates.
t3g 23 Feb
I can’t wait for Stadia to die out since it’s one big circle jerk here. I get it... Stadia runs Linux but it’s closed off. Kinda like claiming macOS is BSD when it’s their heavily forked version of it. I’ll stick with my local Linux for now.
Quoting: LibertyPaulMClass action is no action, the only ones who profit are the lawyers
So just to be clear on your perspective here, what would you recommend instead? No class action suits allowed? Rigorous regulation of corporations to make class action suits unnecessary? Some kind of state-administered pro-bono class action suits so those suing get the money?
3zekiel 23 Feb
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: dubigrasuI don't personally care about 4K, (I think 1440p is the sweet spot) I care more about a minimum of 60fps. And I doubt is Stadia's choice here, (rather Bethesda's), but is ridiculous that (as stated in the article) Elder scrolls Online still runs at 30fps even cranked down at 720p.
All this while they were talking even about 8K. They really really need to stop this over-promise > under-deliver thing they're doing.
I was recently arguing back and forth with someone who clearly is of the 'PC Master Race' persuasion. I myself could be considered as such as well, but the older I get (as I told him) the more I lean toward wanting to play games on my TV with a controller. Mainly due to already spending far too much time on a keyboard / mouse working. And so I lean toward playing games on the PC with gamepad support.

But he was insisting that the Atari VCS sucked because it couldn't handle 4k@120fps. Without also saying that 99% of PCs can't handle games at max settings at 4k@120fps either...

4k isn't really a thing unless you have the unobtanium current Gen GPUs, and certainly not at 120fps. Mind you I would MUCH prefer high details over high resolution. Unless you are strapping the screens to your face (in VR) then having that high of resolution is fine if you can already set maximum settings. I'd rather have more details / effects than tinier pixels. Streaming in general tends to make things blurry to try to increase framerates.

4k is nice on a projector, but never really had the need on a PC screen ... And yes, unless you got latest gen hw, 4k/120fps is dead. Even if console makers pretended they could actually do it, they forget to say it is 120fps or 4k. or that it is with "dynamic resolution".
And yeah, some people are kinda absurd with their requirements.
Personnaly, I think 2K is becoming the sweet spot, and will be for the foreseeable future. You can actually get high framerate, with high setting and without spending 1K€ on a GPU + 300€ on a 850w power supply to accommodate it (supposing you can even find a new gpu ...).
Liam Dawe 23 Feb
Quoting: t3gI can’t wait for Stadia to die out since it’s one big circle jerk here. I get it... Stadia runs Linux but it’s closed off.
It allows people to play more games on Linux, so we cover it. There's no circle jerk about it and to say so is pretty ridiculous. Do we need to go over this together again?

Don't like to read about a topic? Be an adult about it and don't click the link or if you really struggle to do so, add it to your list of blocked tags in your settings.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 23 February 2021 at 5:52 pm UTC
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