Cloud Gaming

By Samir Ahmed

Videogames are everywhere, you or someone you know probably plays video games, but the main issue with video games is that not everyone can afford to buy. However, there is a solution for this, if you have a good internet connection, you can stream video games, over the internet, using cloud gaming services such as Xbox Xcloud, Amazon Luna, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Google Stadia. With these cloud gaming services, you could play video games instantly, using an app on your tv, computer, phone and table.  However, these services all work differently. 

Xcloud and Luna Allows you to play games Already owned and limited Edition games that are retailing at 15 dollars for Xcloud and 6 dollars for Luna(Luna is not out yet). 

 

GeForce Now allows you to stream games that you own, but It’s limited to a select number of games that the creator can play on GeForce Now. The service is free, but there is a wait time to play the game. It’s limited to one  hour per session, however, after it’s over you can just start another session for free. 

If you do not want to wait and get kicked out after an hour, you can pay Nvidia 5 dollars a month to get a six hour play time with no wait times.   Google Stadia has two versions, one is a free tier which lets you stream the games you purchase for stadia, and the pro tier lets you stream at 4k with discounts on a few extra games than the free tier. The issue with stadia is that it’s 10 bucks a month for the pro tier. On top of that if you want to play games,  you need to pay full price or more for games that are old and new. 

 

Unlike amazon Luna, Xcloud, and GeForce now  Allow you to play games you own and if you decide to purchase games from the services, you might not be paying full price depending on the games. There are several reviews That state stadia is not the best streaming service out there, Forbes states: “Maybe this has to do with the fact that you need to purchase these games as full-price retail titles rather than as part of some kind of monthly subscription service...It’s very puzzling... since Google is offering a Stadia Pro subscription for ten bucks a month, which apparently lets you play games at a higher quality.” Forbes highlights the issue with Stadia compared to other streaming services, Stadia simply is not worth 10 bucks, when you compare it to the competition, like xcloud and luna, which offer games for free, if you pay their reasonable prices. The whole point of cloud gaming is to simplify everything for the consumer and give more people access to gaming. The best services so far are Xcloud and Luna, since you get multiple games for a reasonable price and it would still be cheaper than buying the latest generation console for a large sum of money.


 

https://www.androidauthority.com/nvidia-geforce-now-launch-1080240/#:~:text=You%20also%20get%20priority%20access,at%20just%20%244.99%20per%20month.

 

https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/25/21454917/amazon-luna-cloud-gaming-comparison-google-stadia-microsoft-xcloud-game-pass-geforce-now

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2019/11/26/google-stadia-review-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/#2a8697336cc1

https://stadia.google.com/

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