Google Stadia Impacts Nintendo And Sony Stock In Japan

Posted: Mar 20 2019, 1:52am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Google Stadia Impacts Nintendo and Sony Stock in Japan

Japanese investors take note of Google's foray into gaming.

Google Stadia has not even launched, but the announcement of Google's cloud gaming service already has a negative impact on the Japanese video game giants Sony and Nintendo. Stocks of both companies drop by about 3% on the Nikkei stock exchange on Wednesday.

Google's Stadia service enables to play games on any device with up to 4K and 60 frames per second with HDR and surround sound. At least this is Google's promise. The company did not reveal concrete requirements on the hardware and more importantly internet connection to play on Stadia.

Another factor will be pricing. You need to buy the games you want to play on Stadia as you do now and there is apparently an extra Stadia subscription fee.

The big draw of Stadia could be the merging of playing games and watching them. If you watch one of your favorite Youtube stars playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, you are supposed to be able to simply click the “play now” button. Seconds later, you’ll be running around ancient Greece in your own game with no downloads, no updates, no patches and no installs.

Who will be the early adopters of Stadia? This is the big question. I don't think they are Nintendo's customers. Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox gamers could face more likely the decision between Stadia and the next generation of consoles. It's still too early to say.

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