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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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dubigrasu a day ago
Quoting: t3gI can’t wait for Stadia to die out since it’s one big circle jerk here.
Seriously? I've heard reasonable arguments against Stadia, but yours is just silly.
slaapliedje a day ago
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Quoting: dubigrasu
Quoting: t3gI can’t wait for Stadia to die out since it’s one big circle jerk here.
Seriously? I've heard reasonable arguments against Stadia, but yours is just silly.
Maybe if it was a big circle jerk a certain group of people would enjoy it more.
;)
CatKiller a day ago
Hey, at least if there's a settlement they won't be printing their own Monopoly money to pay it like Epic.
Dunc a day ago
Quoting: 3zekiel4k 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 ...).
I remember watching a documentary about IMAX a few years back, where it showed them meticulously cleaning each frame of film by hand then carefully digitising it... at 2K. I'm not going to say 4K is snake oil - more resolution can't be worse (leaving aside compression issues, etc.), and I'd be surprised if IMAX wasn't using it, or even 8K, today - but it's way overkill for relatively small screens, at least with current technology.

Mind you, my TV's still SD. Not, again, that I don't appreciate higher resolutions, but... meh, it's only TV.
mirv a day ago
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Quoting: DuncI remember watching a documentary about IMAX a few years back, where it showed them meticulously cleaning each frame of film by hand then carefully digitising it... at 2K. I'm not going to say 4K is snake oil - more resolution can't be worse (leaving aside compression issues, etc.), and I'd be surprised if IMAX wasn't using it, or even 8K, today - but it's way overkill for relatively small screens, at least with current technology.

Mind you, my TV's still SD. Not, again, that I don't appreciate higher resolutions, but... meh, it's only TV.

Old cinema reels, before digital projectors, were surprisingly high "resolution" (can't really compare analogue frames to digital resolution numbers, but you get the idea) simply because the screen to project them on was very large - taking the size and distance from the viewer into account, they needed to be high resolution just to appear acceptable to the viewer.

The cinema and drive-in screens where I used to work were larger than most screens these days, but I never went to an IMAX and so not sure how they compare.

Other part of that is better camera technologies meant that images were becoming sharper and more well defined around the same time digital projectors were becoming the norm, so I can completely understand if a particular film wasn't going to benefit beyond 2k, even if the theoretical analogue print was closer to kind-of 4k.
CatKiller a day ago
Quoting: DuncI'm not going to say 4K is snake oil - more resolution can't be worse (leaving aside compression issues, etc.), and I'd be surprised if IMAX wasn't using it, or even 8K, today - but it's way overkill for relatively small screens, at least with current technology.

I'd say that the case is better for small screens than big ones. Watching soaps or a 20—foot face gurning emotively: meh. Having text that's clear with the letters the right shape, and not having chunky aliasing on edges in games, are the kinds of thing that makes a difference when you're close to a screen, which you're going to be for small screen use cases.
Quoting: DuncMind you, my TV's still SD. Not, again, that I don't appreciate higher resolutions, but... meh, it's only TV.

I have an old CRT tv too for to play old Sega Genesis and Snes games via emulators.
slaapliedje a day ago
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I use 2 @ 4k 27" screens for work ao I can fit more shit on screen, but see absolutely no reason to use that for gaming. Instead I now use a 3840x1200 Super Ultrawide fir gaming. Just of course I had to get the weird reaolution that nothing supports again!
3zekiel a day ago
Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: DuncI'm not going to say 4K is snake oil - more resolution can't be worse (leaving aside compression issues, etc.), and I'd be surprised if IMAX wasn't using it, or even 8K, today - but it's way overkill for relatively small screens, at least with current technology.

I'd say that the case is better for small screens than big ones. Watching soaps or a 20—foot face gurning emotively: meh. Having text that's clear with the letters the right shape, and not having chunky aliasing on edges in games, are the kinds of thing that makes a difference when you're close to a screen, which you're going to be for small screen use cases.

Hmmm depends how small, for a laptop, I tried both 1080p and 4k, and honestly except my battery draining faster I did not see any difference ...
For work screen, so 27 or 32" is more open to discussion, but I also stay at 2k there. Also because some tools I use have no correct support for high res, and link straight to X11 calls, so nothing a modern system can save you from (aren't shitty proprietary tools written at dinosaurs age wonderful ...). If not for those, I don't know because at 2k I can easily have 9 sub terminals with vim or tmux cmd line and no issue to read or anything, but yeah maybe I would gain a little from 4k.

For gaming, high framerate is more important than higher resolution honestly, so for me the choice is a no brainer, 2k all the way.

As for bigger projector screen, 1080p definitely gets blury in games. I am currently looking seriously at upgrading to 4k for that use. Issue is to find a 4k projector with decent latency.
slaapliedje about 24 hours ago
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Quoting: 3zekiel
Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: DuncI'm not going to say 4K is snake oil - more resolution can't be worse (leaving aside compression issues, etc.), and I'd be surprised if IMAX wasn't using it, or even 8K, today - but it's way overkill for relatively small screens, at least with current technology.

I'd say that the case is better for small screens than big ones. Watching soaps or a 20—foot face gurning emotively: meh. Having text that's clear with the letters the right shape, and not having chunky aliasing on edges in games, are the kinds of thing that makes a difference when you're close to a screen, which you're going to be for small screen use cases.

Hmmm depends how small, for a laptop, I tried both 1080p and 4k, and honestly except my battery draining faster I did not see any difference ...
For work screen, so 27 or 32" is more open to discussion, but I also stay at 2k there. Also because some tools I use have no correct support for high res, and link straight to X11 calls, so nothing a modern system can save you from (aren't shitty proprietary tools written at dinosaurs age wonderful ...). If not for those, I don't know because at 2k I can easily have 9 sub terminals with vim or tmux cmd line and no issue to read or anything, but yeah maybe I would gain a little from 4k.

For gaming, high framerate is more important than higher resolution honestly, so for me the choice is a no brainer, 2k all the way.

As for bigger projector screen, 1080p definitely gets blury in games. I am currently looking seriously at upgrading to 4k for that use. Issue is to find a 4k projector with decent latency.
Well, considering I connected a Genesis, C64 and Atari 8 bit up to my projector, I don't think going 4k would help :P
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