In the past few years, Google Stadia has had its shares of ups and downs. However, the team of Stadia released a statement recently, stating that the platform will soon add more than 100 titles to its game service in 2021. This is an attempt to reassure the users that despite Google is no longer developing titles in-house the steaming service is here for the long term.
Statement: “We’re thrilled to continue bringing great games from some of the best developers for our players to experience within the Stadia store. Over the next few weeks and months, players can expect to see everything from action-filled RPGs to competitive co-op titles and nimble platformers.”
The team had recently announced that around 400 games are underway pipeline and will be added to the platform soon. Nevertheless, among the 100 titles promised to launch this year, 9 of them have been scheduled on the following dates,
|Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition||February 23|
|Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut||February 23|
|It Came From Space and Ate Our Brains||March 2|
|FIFA 21||March 17|
|Kaze and the Wild Masks||March 26|
|Killer Queen Black, Street Power Football and Hellpoint||coming soon|
Google Stadia vs. XCloud
Google Stadia and Microsoft’s XCloud are both well-renowned game streaming platforms. In recent years several advancements have hit the gaming industry and many fans have complained about these streaming platforms lacking the same. So in 2021, how are these streaming services matching the expectations of users, and will they propel?
We have listed down the key distinguishers between the two,
1. Supported Platforms
To stream XCloud Services:
- Does not require an Xbox gaming console
- Is only compatible Android 6.0 or greater and Bluetooth 4.0 and greater
To stream with Google Stadia:
- Does not require a dedicated “receiver” console or box
- Additionally can be paired with Chromecast and Chromium based desktop browser
2. Gaming Controllers
XCloud as well as Stadia offer flexibility with controllers you can choose. However, Stadia controller delivers better on-screen touch controller support alongside traditional mouse and keyboard setups.
3. Streaming Quality
- By default, it offers 1080 at 60 fps
- Plans to support 4K in the future
- Google’s free tier supports 1080p at 60 frames per second (fps)
- Pro monthly subscription ($10) ups the resolution to 4K at 60 fps+HDR
- Plans to support 8K at 120 fps in the future
- Offers a list of cloud-enabled games that are rotated in and out of the Xbox Games Pass library
- Wide catalog of 300 games (Spans over 5 generation of consoles)
- Basic level—free version—one has to purchase games and build up their library
(Exceptions are demos, free-to-play weekends, and two free games anyone can play: Destiny 2 and Super Bomberman R Online)
- Pro offers a library of 200 games for the users to play (if the subscription is active)
- Microsoft’s popular Xbox Game Pass service to access a huge library of games from the cloud
- Xbox Live along with cross-play capabilities in supporting games
- Stadia’s State Share offers an enhanced version of a save state, but with added benefits
- Crowd Play provides gamer the opportunity to join any live game stream also can jump to the version of the game and start exactly where they are
6. Price and availability
7. Compatible Devices
- Any mobile device running on Android version 6.0 or greater
- Any mobile device that has Bluetooth version 4.0+
- PC with chrome browser
- TV with Chromecast Ultra
- Pixel 2, 2XL, 3, 3XL, 3a, 3a XL, 4, 4XL, 4a, 4a XL, etc.
- Samsung S8, S8+, S8 Active, Note 8
- Samsung S9, S9+, Note 9
- Samsung S10, S10+, Note 10, Note 10+
- Razer Phone, Razer Phone 2
- OnePlus 5T, 6T, 7T, 7T Pro 5G, 8T
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate ($15/month)
- Available in more than 22 countries
- Stadia Free and Stadia Pro ($10/month)—benefits listed above
- Available in more than 20 countries
So, which is the Best Bet?
After comparing the two, it is clear that X-cloud and Stadia are functional cloud gaming services that provide different types of experiences to different users. If you want to go all out in game streaming, Stadia is the ideal choice given its advantages such as better device compatibility, stronger performance, and a lower price.
However, if you want to only try streaming, X-cloud will be suitable for you. You will get access to over 300 games that can be downloaded to your computer or played conventionally. Although you will be paying $15 per month for a Game Pass to try streaming, the prize includes an EA Play and Xbox Live Gold subscription. So, it is a far better option if you are into conventional gaming.