Google launched its new Stadia game streaming service last week, and so far the results appear to be very mixed.

Well, it looks like the streaming future for video games is going to have to wait a little while longer before it really takes off.


Google launched its new Stadia game streaming service last week, and so far the results appear to be very mixed.


First, the good news. Stadia mostly works as advertised. You’re able to play some of today’s best games streaming to your television, tablet, PC or phone, and that part of the service is working pretty well. Games that require quick and precise controls, such as “Mortal Kombat 11” or “Destiny 2,” have had some reports of input lag affecting the controls, but it doesn’t appear to be game breaking.


The biggest issue right now is just the lack of games. Stadia launched Nov. 19 with 22 games, only two of which are exclusive to the service, and those are just smaller indie titles.


Another issue is that the games are not running as well as expected.


Prior to launch, Google’s Phil Harrison said that all Stadia launch games would support 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Google did admit that some of the games were designed to top out at 30 frames per second natively but that Stadia’s encoding would would allow those games to at least look like they’re running at 60 fps.


Two of the biggest games available at launch, “Destiny 2” and “Red Dead Redemption 2,” fail to reach those standards. Both games are being rendered at 1080p and then upscaled to 4K. Likewise, “Destiny 2” doesn’t appear to be hitting its 60 fps, either.


The biggest issue with Stadia’s launch was the actual launch itself. Stadia launched on Nov. 19, but some people who preordered it and paid the $150 for the Founder’s Edition didn’t receive their codes to use the service until two days later.


Back when I bought my PlayStation VR headset at launch, I couldn’t get it to work for a couple of hours and had to call PlayStation customer support to get me going. I was upset at that delay, and it was only a couple of hours. I would have been furious with Google if I had preordered Stadia and couldn’t use it for two days.


Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached at dricketts@thedestinlog.com. He is currently playing "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID: DustRAG316.