The cloud gaming market recently took a massive step forward with the release of two gaming platforms. First, Google came out with its Stadia game system while only days later Apple released its Arcade gaming platform which comes with its Apple TV streaming service.
The idea behind Google Stadia is that it could be played anywhere as long as you have any device which supports the Chrome browser. On the other side, Apple Arcade allows you to play games on any iOS device, including Apple TV.
Both gaming devices are very similar and have a great idea behind them, but still, come with their own differences. Let’s check them out a bit.
Even though the game list of Google Stadia is still not complete, there is a plethora of titles already confirmed. Demonstrations were held using NBA 2K and Assassin’s Creed at the recent E3 event. However, the real cream of the crop comes with Doom Eternal which is prepared for the release on this platform.
Apple Arcade comes with a collection of more than 100 games that come immediately available. It will consist of various new games and indie games as well. The titles that have already been confirmed include LEGO brawls, Lost Realm, Beyond a Still Sky, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, Sonic Racing, and The Artful Escape, just to name a few.
Google Stadia may hold an advantage in terms of platforms as it could be played on any device that supports Chrome. This includes smartphones, tablets, PCs, and smart TVs. Stadia also comes with the unique Stadia Controller which through Wi-Fi connects to the cloud and maybe the most modern type of controller issued yet.
Apple Arcade will be limited to Mac, iOS and Apple TV devices. Even though this limits the Arcade ‘s services a bit they make up by allowing offline play by downloading games. This is not the case with Stadia as you need an internet connection at all times. Arcade players with weaker internet connections will still be able to enjoy playing their games.
Availability & Price
Google Stadia will not be available in all countries on the initial release. Games in the US, Canada, and the UK will be the first ones to enjoy this system. Certain European countries will join in as well. However, the pricing is still not determined exactly. There are talks that a subscription will need to be paid which ensures you a package of certain games. However, bigger and more popular games will still need to be bought separately.
As far as the Apple Arcade goes, the idea is that it will immediately become available in more than 150 countries, giving it an advantage as opposed to the Stadia. The price, on the other hand, is still not revealed but there are rumors that say that the entire game collection will be available for a monthly fee and that it could even be shared among family members using the “Family Package.”