Stadia may have a rocky start, with it being an all streaming service in a world with data caps and not everyone having an internet connection fast enough but Google knows this and I believe they are in it for the long run. Eventually data caps will go away with ISP competition and the speeds do keep increasing so those problems will not be around forever. Stadia may not come out on top next Gen. but it will be #1 overall in the coming years unless MS and Sony makes some changes.
Now most people ask who is Stadia aimed at?
The answer: Everybody.
As a hardcore gamer I felt that the Stadia was not for me. I asked myself why would I buy a game on Stadia when I know I am going to buy a PS5 next Gen.? Then I had a discussion with my cousin who loves to game but doesn't really have a loyal following to any game franchises or consoles and he is stoked for the Stadia. So I was very curious as to why, and what he said makes a lot of sense.
1.Stadia will not have any kind of hardware restrictions that a console or even a PC could have so developers are very free to develop what they want.
2. It's free for everybody unless you want to stream in 4k but 1080p has no subscription fees.
3. Everybody already has Stadia for free, and as long as you have Chrome browser you have Stadia.
4. Instant games, no longer do you have to wait for your game to download and install. Now sure the games you buy are only streaming but as the future goes digital you will no longer own physical anyway.
5. No hardware, means no worries about malfunctions, theft or loss. Stadia is where you are.
So after hearing this I thought to myself, the only real reason I'm buying a PS5 is for the Sony exclusives that I love. How many people really don't care enough about game franchise to warrant them spending $500 (Guessing) on a next Gen. console? Maybe enough for next Gen. but things change very fast in this industry and Google will be securing exclusives themselves as well. Stadia may be bigger then everybody thinks.