Google VS Apple is a rivalry well known to anyone with at least some interest in technology. This rivalry was renewed when these two tech giants dove into the world of video game streaming services. Let’s see what the differences between these two services are, and which one is better.
For those of you who don’t know, video game streaming services allow users to play any game without downloading it. The game partially downloads as you play but it doesn’t remain on your device, so this service is perfect if you only want to try out a game.
Stadia comes with a few pricing plans, and with Stadia Base, you are able to purchase individual games for up to $60 a month. With Stadia Pro, you pay $10 a month to play the same games in 4k resolution at 60fps. Stadia Founders edition and Premiere edition come with a limited edition controller, three-month buddy pass and three months of stadia pro for $130 and $140, respectively.
Apple arcade, on the other hand, comes at just $4.99 a month, and you get access to their full library of games.
When it comes to the games you get to play, these two services are completely different. Apple has decided to include more than 100 indie games in its library, with 100 more coming in the future. Some of the famous titles include LEGO Brawls, Beyond a Steel Sky, Sonic Racing and Pac Man Party Royale.
Stadia leans heavily on the AAA titles. Even though their library is much smaller than Apple’s, they boast some of the well-known titles. Stadia has provided big titles such as Borderlands 3, Destiny 2, Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Stadia works on any device which supports Google Chrome or Youtube. This includes PCs, laptops, smart TVs, smartphones and tablets. Since the service is hosted online, you can easily switch from one device to another without losing any game progress.
Apple Arcade is available on, you guessed it, all Apple products. You can play games on your Apple Mac, Macbook, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. This service also offers offline play; however, you will have to download a game to your device.
Availability is a huge factor here. Apple Arcade is available in over 150 countries worldwide, covering the majority of the world. Stadia is only available in the US, UK, Canada, and Europe. This means that both services cover the majority of the gaming market, but it still leaves plenty of gamers in the world uncovered.
It is hard to say which service is better. With very different games in their offer, it is up to individuals to decide which service suits them better. Hardcore gamers will surely be more interested in what Stadia has to offer, while casual gamers might appreciate Apple’s offer more.