Google Stadia reviews round-up, all the scores

By Emily Gera, Monday, 18 November 2019 17:23 GMT

Google Stadia launches tomorrow. So is the cloud-gaming service worth all the hype?

After a last minute addition of new games to Google Stadia’s launch lineup last night, the streaming service is set to go live.

Slated for November 19 at 12pm ET, those who pre-ordered the $129 Stadia Founder’s Edition can expect to find included a Chromecast Ultra for 4K and HDR Streaming, a limited-edition Night Blue controller and a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro for both two.

But what are reviewers saying about it so far?

We’ve rounded-up all the Google Stadia reviews below:

  • Wired – 6/10
  • The Guardian – 3/5
  • IGN – “If you’re cursed with data caps from your Internet provider, you might want to avoid Stadia.”
  • The Verge – “There’s no reason anyone should buy into Stadia right now.”
  • Financial Post – “If you head in anticipating an experience with the same graphical fidelity and tight, instantaneous control as you’d get from a high end gaming PC or console, you’re bound to be at least a little disappointed.”
  • Polygon – “The biggest problem is that Stadia, at launch, hasn’t provided a smooth, seamless experience when playing games.”
  • PC World – “A glimpse of a future some other company will probably perfect.”
  • Gamespot – “Too little, too soon.”
  • VentureBeat – “One of the many problems with Stadia is that you and I are not guaranteed to get the same experience.”
  • GamesRadar – “If the circumstances are right, if your connection is strong, then Stadia feels like a potential pathway towards the future for this industry and game-streaming feels like magic.”
  • Ars Technica – “Google’s game streaming is too limited and too unreliable, for too little benefit.”
  • Yahoo Finance – “At the moment, I’d hold off on picking up a Stadia kit, simply because so many features are still being finished for early 2020.”
  • Screenrant – “Google Stadia works just fine under perfect testing conditions, but that doesn’t mean it’s worth a purchase right out of the gate.”
  • CNET – “Gaming’s streaming future isn’t here yet.”

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