Gaming is not all about competition, it is more about building connections. In a world that is being digitized at warp speed, less and less human connection and relationships are built and maintained. Gaming has been one of those ways to stay in touch with others, to feel what they feel, and know what’s going on in their lives. But not everyone is interested in all of the technical-jargon and knowledge that comes with the gaming world and the necessary hardware needed to enjoy playing with people all over the world.
Earlier this year, Google and Apple announced Google Stadia and Apple Arcade, respectively. The platforms had the aim of delivering your favorite games to you, without you having to purchase extensive gear. Although they pursue satisfying similar goals, their approach to this end differed. Do not be misled, this is not telling you which is the better platform between Google Stadia and Apple Arcade.
On November 19, Google Stadia was released, and players who had signed up either the Stadia Founder’s or Premiere Edition were able to stream games.
How it Works
If you want to understand Google Stadia, think Netflix. As easy as it is for you to watch a movie on Netflix, so also is it easy to stream a game on Google Stadia. But not just that, on Google Stadia, you can continue streaming your game on your Pixel 4 from where you stopped using Chrome Cast on your TV. Google’s data center handles all the processing of the game.
With Stadia Base, you will be able to play games on Stadia at 1080/60p for free by purchasing individual games. Some games can cost as much as $60. However, for a Stadia Pro account, you pay a $10 monthly fee to play games you purchase at 4K resolution and 60fps. There are discounts on select games for Stadio Pro subscribers. The Stadia Founder’s Edition was at $130 per package, and it included a limited-edition controller, a three-month buddy pass, and three months of Stadia Pro. The Premiere Edition, which is similar to the Founders Edition, goes for $140.
Stadia is available on all Chrome Browser, TV connected to Chromecast Ultra streaming device, Pixel 4, 3, and 3A.
There is a $70 controller available for Stadia, which works via Wi-Fi. However, if you are not interested in using the Stadia controller, you can use your own controller.
Among many others, Google is working with Ubisoft and ID Software to bring games to Stadia.
Apple Arcade was released to Apple Users on September 19, and it has been available for public use only for Apple subscribers.
How it Works
Unlike Google Stadia, Apple Arcade offers offline download for its users so that even when you are offline, you can still play games on your Apple Arcade.
Apple boasts of no in-app purchases for Apple Arcade games when you pay $4.99 for a monthly subscription. With a single subscription, up to six family members can use a single account across all Apple devices.
Apple Arcade can be downloaded and played on the iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch, Mac, and Apple TV devices.
According to Apple, some Arcade games will support controllers like the Xbox Wireless Controllers with Bluetooth, PlayStation DualShock 4, and MFi Game Controllers.
Apple has a catalog of more than 100 games, and new games are added every month. The Apple Arcade will have games from the likes of Bossa Studios, Finji, Annapurna Interactive, Cartoon Network, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, Sega, Snowman, and so many others.
In the end, you have to decide for yourself, which is more important to you. Offline availability of games and a cheaper subscription or the ability to stream games without any hitch and continue your game seamlessly while moving from one device to the other.