Stadia officially opened this week to try to claim a share
promising cake from the streaming video game market. But the start
for the least disturbed the platform Google invites us to look into
leadership of another great rival, namely Microsoft and its
xCloud project always in the beta phase.
Cloud gaming, a service that runs video games on a server
remote, makes it possible to stay connected on the platform of his
choice no matter where you are. Sony was one of the
first players to offer PlayStation Now service in 2014, but that's
Google made things happen when it announced Stadia at the Games
Developer Conference last March. Microsoft did the same with
the announcement of his Project xCloud at E3 2019.
After having tested the three services, it is Microsoft's which seems to us
the most promising for a simple reason: it solves a problem of the world
real. Lack of storage is a stumbling block for players to do
face. An Xbox One console has a 500GB or 1 TB hard drive, and games to
big budget like Halo 5: Guardians can take up to 100GB. Each
game that you buy physically or numerically must be installed on
the hard disk of the console to play it. The streaming service of
Microsoft allowed us to play Xbox One games on a
Galaxy S10 Plus with a 25-euro bluetooth controller bought over a year ago, all
without any hitch as long as we use a Wi-Fi
The xCloud project has the best chance of becoming the "Netflix of the video game"
If we take Stadia, we find ourselves in a situation of duplication for
anyone who has a PC for the video game and a subscription to the service of
. Stadia is an alternative platform for which it is necessary to
subscribe another subscription and in some cases redeem games that
we already have on Steam.
For now, Stadia requires a Chromecast Ultra to run on
A television. Games are currently more expensive than others
platforms, and as we do not have a Pixel smartphone, our only
nomadic option is a laptop. The current list of 22
games accounts for less than half of what xCloud promises. Most of
new games and popular titles are still missing.
Of these three services, xCloud is the one that simply has the best
worked during our tests. Stadia worked very well when we
the plane tested in beta last year but we suffered peaks
latency when we tried it more recently.
While still in the beta phase, the xCloud project is already responding to a
need and Microsoft is still planning other features, and
incorporate it with its Xbox Games Pass. If there is a Netflix for
video games "that has a chance to impose itself, it's Microsoft that seems to us
the best placed at the moment.
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