We are here to compare the features of the three virtual gaming brand options Google Stadia with PlayStation and Xbox in 2019 and why you would eventually prefer Google Stadia over the other two.
A brief description of the three games:
Google Stadia is a cloud gaming platform by Google which lets users play the game without actually having to have that required hardware to that specific game. You can play the game on the chrome browsers on desktops, smartphones, tablets, or on TVs.
PlayStation is a gaming console made by Sony. It consists of home video game consoles, media center, an online service, and various controllers, magazines, handhelds, phones, etc.
Xbox consists of a series of video games and consoles developed by Microsoft.
What games do they offer?
Mostly each one offers action-oriented games. PlayStation and Xbox being a veteran in the gaming world comparatively offer more than 1000 games, whereas Google stadia being still under development (official expected release is in Nov 2019) offers more than 36 games at the moment
Similarities in a chart format:
|Subscription and Price||Stadia Pro – $9.99 per month||Xbox Live – $9.99 per month||Playstation Plus – $9.99 per month|
|Framerate||up to 60fps (may support higher fps in the future)||up to 60fps||up to 60fps|
|Video Output||4K HDR(8k support announced)||4K HDR||4K HDR|
|Nature of Games offered||Action-oriented||Action-oriented||Action-oriented|
Dis-similarities in a chart format:
|Retail Price||$129 (Founder’s Edition Only)||$399 – $499 USD||$399 USD|
|CPU||Custom x86 ProcessorHyperthreadedAVX 2~2.7GHz||8-Core|
|8 x86 AMD “Jaguar”|
|Internet Requirement||10Mbps Minimum (For 720p)20-35Mbps Recommended (for 1080p and higher)||N/A||N/A|
|RAM||N/A||12GB GDDR5*||8GB GDDR5|
|Optical Drive||N/A||4K UHD BluRay||BluRay|
|Hard Drive||Cloud Storage||1TB 2.5″ HDD||1 TB 2.5″ HDD|
|Compatible Controllers||Stadia will work with any USB controller||Any controller made for Xbox One||Any controller made for PS4|
|Release Date||Expected to be Nov 2019||Nov 2001||Dec 1994|
|Released by||Microsoft||Sony Interactive Entertainment|
Why Google Stadia?
If we look at the dis-similarities in the above table we can clearly see that Google Stadia strikes an edge over the others with respect to cost-cutting and flexibility. The only difference here we see is the undeniable requirement of the Internet but given the current cost-effective plans provided by the current network providers throughout, it would be the most sought after as it requires no additional computer hardware, only requiring the device to have an Internet connection and support for Google Chrome. This is going to make game streaming appear as an easy alternative to PC gaming.
The official release date for Stadia and the response so far:
Google Stadia will launch in November 2019 in fourteen countries and by 2020 it will be expanding to more countries but as of now, it’s in Beta state.