I got a student discount to buy a Google Stadia games system for £60. Seemed like pretty good value. But I didn't buy it - because Google refuses to tell me how much their ecosystem costs.
There's nothing on the main Stadia page which says that you need to pay £9/month to get the 4K version of games. Go on, take a look at https://store.google.com/gb/product/stadia?hl=en-GB.
It says "features (including 4K, HDR, 60 fps and 5.1 surround sound) are service-, network-, device- and game-dependent" but it doesn't say anything about the cost! Only if you closely read the small print on a completely separate page do you find out that this requires a subscription.
Honestly, if you're going to start off by deceiving me, this isn't going to be a great relationship.
OK, so how much do the individual games cost? It's impossible to find out. The Stadia page lists their (small) selection of titles. But there are no prices.
So... what? I'm supposed to fork out for the console and hope that the game prices are reasonable? Nah!
I know I could go to one of the dozens of sites which claim to scape the prices from Stadia. But that's a little fragile, isn't it? Why are Google so afraid of showing me the true prices? The only conclusion I can come to is that the prices are unreasonable and Google are hoping to trap me in their platform.
Compare and Contrast
If I didn't want the streaming service, I can buy games directly from PlayStation - just like Stadia. Only Sony tell me the price up front:
That's not even including the fact that I can go on eBay and buy any AAA title second hand for a tenner.
A second-hand PS4 Pro + PS Now is about £220. A Stadia + Subscription is £200.
PS is transparent with its pricing, Stadia isn't.
PS can play 2nd hand discs, Stadia will cut off your purchased games when Google shut it down.
But, when push comes to shove, Google deliberately made it hard for me to see the price of what I was buying. So I walked.