Was listening to Brad and Paul on the Thurrott live stream and they said that Cortana has more users in Europe (where it has incomplete features) than Stadia. So I decide to Google for it.
The problem with a new console is you need a lot of hype to build an enthusiastic player base to get the console numbers off the ground to get developers interested. I really have to wonder why Google didn’t realize they needed to do something drastic to build the numbers quickly… because reporting like the above is going to totally damage their reputation. No one is going to invest in something that everyone is panning because no one is playing.
Traditional gaming consoles are sold at a loss (or very nearly so) because they make the manufacturer money on the publishing rights for the games. Google… if you’re listening… If you’re going to continue to pursue the virtual console model… you need to drastically lower the price… like all the way down to free until the numbers break a quarter of a million or more.