Google Stadia had big, disruptive ideas that others should steal

While it’s easy to forget after watching Google struggle for years to deliver a game streaming experience on par with a traditional PC or console, the mega-corporation initially introduced its Stadia service with much broader ambitions. The vision outlined in Stadia’s 2019 announcement promised many features that could actually be game-changers for the industry — if only some of them were available at launch or gained more widespread distribution once they arrived.

Now to be clear, I’m not talking about silly promises like “negative latency”. Some of its tech promises were nothing more than smoke and mirrors, trying to assuage legitimate concerns about streaming technology being the backbone of its video game offerings. Instead, I’m talking about synergistic goals that must it was entirely feasible for one of the richest companies in the world that already operates a huge and successful video streaming site and a network of server infrastructure.