With the launch of Apple Arcade, the Cupertino tech giant dipped its toes in the gaming market and has now sparked another rivalry with Google. The latter is all set to launch its own gaming service called Google Stadia. Although both tech giants will play in the same market, their approaches vary. Let’s find out how both of these services stack up against each other.
Apple has promised that Arcade will feature an initial library of 100-plus new and exclusive games. Some of the big names on the list include Sonic Racing, LEGO Brawls, Rayman Mini, The Pathless, and many more.
Google Stadia on the other hand will feature AAA heavy hitters like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Cyberpunk 2077, Destiny 2, Doom Eternal and some smaller titles too.
Where will the games run?
As it is with Apple, the Cupertino tech giant has ensured that Apple Arcade will be exclusive to Apple devices; iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac and Apple TV devices will be able to access Apple Arcade.
Google has a huge advantage in this field as Stadia is basically a streaming service. It essentially means that you will be able to stream the games to smartphones, tablets, PCs, and basically any device that can run the Chrome browser.
For example, you can start a game on your smartphone while you’re commuting to home and once you reach home, you can pick up right where you left off on your laptop. Stadia’s data centres are powered by a custom AMD GPU that promises up to 4K gameplay at 60 frames per second.
Google has another advantage as Stadia can work with most USB controllers as well as on a mouse & keyboard setup. Moreover, the company has also announced Stadia Controllers which pair via Wi-Fi to ensure a smoother connection to your games in the cloud, and have dedicated buttons for capturing video for YouTube and summoning Google Assistant for game tips.
Price and Availability
Apple Arcade is all set to launch on 19 September globally. The service is priced at ₹99 per month with no in-app purchases. In the US, the price is $4.99 per month, which is around ₹350 per month. Apple has also announced that users will be able to share their membership with anyone in their family using Apple Family’s sharing feature. There is also a one-month free trial of the service.
Google Stadia is currently slated for a November 2019 release, with an initial rollout to countries like the US, UK, Canada and Europe. The service has a few pricing options, starting with Stadia Base. Set to launch in 2020, Stadia Base will be a free service for users but will limit the streaming to 1080p/60fps. Next is Stadia Pro, which will set you back $9.99 a month (Indian pricing unavailable at the time of writing). The Pro subscription will give you access to 4K/60fps/HDR gaming. Pro subscribers will also get some games bundled with their membership for free and a discount on game purchases.
An important thing to note is that while Apple Arcade is an all-inclusive subscription, Google Stadia will require you to buy all games separately. Even if you buy the Stadia Pro subscription, you will only get a handful of games for free and will be required to buy other titles separately.
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