Microsoft xCloud vs Google Stadia: Who’s Winning The Cloud Gaming Service?
While Google was just a few days away from the launch of Stadia, it’s much ambitious cloud gaming service will be having a huge blow. Microsoft, the creator of Xbox has launched its own cloud gaming xCloud, already pre-loaded with tons of games.
Xbox has tied up with Project xCloud streaming service to offer its own online gaming service.
Google Stadia was being dubbed as the ‘Netflix of Games’, but now things will turn interesting. When Google announced its online gaming service, people thought the legacy of Xbox will soon be over, but Microsoft isn’t in any mood to lose its own turf.
Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia will be going against each other in the big online cloud gaming battle.
Microsoft xCloud vs Google Stadia: Xbox Game Streaming Service vs Google Game Streaming Service
There’s a lot to look into this. Online game streaming is the next big thing happening in the tech industry, and both the giants from the tech world are throwing in all to grab the highest share possible in the online game streaming market.
The Xbox game streaming with Game Pass enables you to play anywhere and everywhere.
Yeah, Google announced something similar a few months back, Stadia, the company’s much-ambitious project. Just as Xbox xCloud, Google too will be bringing games to you, anywhere and everywhere. Login, and play.
Microsoft xCloud vs Google Stadia: Are They Any Different?
The Stadia is new, and so is Google. They are are newbie who are entering into this gaming sphere at this scale for the first time. The company aims to sell you games at retail prices you find on other popular platforms as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and Steam.
On the other hand, Microsoft already has a lot of experience here added with top notch games backing its cloud game streaming service.
The Xbox Game Pass for Microsoft xCloud gives you streaming access to its 100+ game library without any additional charge. You can directly stream games from the cloud and play whatever you want with the single Game Pass.
The Game Pass by Xbox at $10 a month service is very similar to Google Stadia. But Google wants you to pay full retail price for each game. That can later be streamed on any compatible device. On xCloud, you can directly stream the game without paying, just the pass is enough.
Google Stadia is currently compatible with Chromecast Ultra, and will be later accessible on smartphones, Chrome Web browsers, tablets and more.
As Xbox Game Pass, Stadia also has a $10 per month “Stadia Pro” service. It adds free games regularly and upgrades its streaming signal to 4K resolution. Google will also soon let users to buy and stream games at Full HD resolution without paying any additional charges or monthly fee.
Google Stadia vs Microsoft xCloud: Who Offer Better Set Of Games?
Microsoft have a clear edge here because of Xbox. It already has a long list ready under its belly, and Google’s catching up. It’s still lagging, but they will be announcing more games in the run-up.
Both the streaming platforms have some brand-new games.
They have tied up with multiple high-profile gaming franchises as Borderlands, Wolfenstein, Doom, Darksiders and more.
The full xCloud games:
Ace Combat 7
ARK: Survival Evolved
The Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Crackdown 3 (campaign)
Dead Island Definitive Edition
Devil May Cry 5
Forza Horizon 4
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo Wars 2
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
theHunter: Call of the Wild
Just Cause 4
Madden NFL 20
Mark of the Ninja: Remastered
Mutant Year Zero
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Puyo Puyo Champions
Sea of Thieves
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Sniper Elite 4
Soul Calibur VI
State of Decay 2
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
West of Dead (beta)
World of Final Fantasy Maxima
World of Tanks: Mercenaries
World of Warships: Legends
World War Z
WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship
Yoku’s Island Express
The full Stadia games (doesn’t include games without launch dates):
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Farming Simulator 19
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
Football Manager 2020
Final Fantasy XV
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Xbox xCloud India Launch: Will xCloud And Stadia Come To India?
Thee companies are yet to announce the full availability. The list of the first countries don’t include India on any of the two. As of now, both Google Sadia and Microsoft xCloud will be available in some select countries.
This includes the US, Canada, France, UK and some other countries. xCloud and Stadia will hit the rest of the other continents later this year or early 2020.
The pricing on both include plans as monthly rental plan by Netflix.
Coming to the Google Stadia India launch, there’s no word on it. But given the European timeline, the Google gaming service is expected to arrive in India soon. Also, Xbox xCloud India launch will happen on a later date.