and there is a battle for domination in the field of cloud games. However, the difficult deployment of the Stadium feels as if it has actually led the Microsoft xCloud project, which is still in beta, to be monitored.
Cloud Games – services that allow users to play games running on a remote server – ensure that wherever a player gets, they can remain connected to their gaming platform of choice. Sony was a starter in PlayStation Now in 2014, but Google was shaken when it announced the Stadium at the Game Developer Conference in March. Microsoft joined this by announcing its Project xCloud cloud game service on E3 2019.
I spent time on alert with all three services, and I felt most excited about Microsoft cloud games for one simple reason: in fact, problem in the real world.
Lack of storage is a problem players need to deal with. The Xbox One has a 500GB or 1TB hard drive and large budget games like Halo 5: Rangers can hold up to 100GB. Every game you purchase physically or digitally must be installed on your console's hard drive in order to play. For me, it's a library of nearly 200 games (and that doesn't include the other 200 available on the Xbox Game Pass). With its unlimited space, Project xCloud gives me access to these games without having to install them.
Instead of downloading the game I want to play at the whim, Microsoft's cloud-streaming service allows me to play Xbox One games on my Galaxy S10 Plus with a $ 25 Bluetooth controller I bought over a year ago, all without problems for as long as I'm on fast Wi-Fi.
On the other hand, the Stage does not give me a solution, just other problems. First, I already have a Steam gaming computer that has access to a variety of games that I can play from Stream Stream, Steam Link. Adding a new platform in the Stadio app means I have another non-Steam digital store that requires a separate purchase (or purchase, for games I already own).
From now on, TV Stage requires additional hardware – Chromecast Ultra. Games are currently cheaper than on other platforms, and since I don't have a Pixel phone, my only portable option is a laptop. The current list of games, for 22 games, is less than half of what xCloud promises. Also, most new and currently hot games are missing. Instead, the stadium offers older Tomb Raider and Destiny games.
Of the three services, the xCloud project was the one that simply worked better in my practice tests. When I tried beta last year, the stadium worked great, but when I tried it recently, it was visibly delayed. On the other hand, as long as I'm on a good Wi-Fi network, with xCloud, I wasn't too late.
The xCloud project already gives me something I need, only in beta. Microsoft is already planning additional features and will include them in its Xbox Games Pass. If there is a "Netflix for video games" service that has a chance to go mainstream, it's almost Microsoft.