Guest AudioChocolate Posted December 31, 2019 Share Posted December 31, 2019 Cloud gaming has become a hot topic with the recent launch of Google's Stadia and Microsoft's xCloud beta. Similar services are also offered through GeForce Now and Shadow tech (see @CPL.HumbleZ=US= post about it here). These services strive to make AAA gaming accessible to everyone regardless of the hardware available to you. If you're unfamiliar with cloud gaming, here's the gist: - Stream AAA games similar to how Netflix streams videos. - All the heavy lifting is handled server-side, so that fancy $3k computer rig you've been dreaming of is obsolete with cloud gaming ;( - Play on any (or almost any) device including phones, tablets, PCs, and even that slow $200 laptop you bought for school. - No installs, patches, or slow loading screens - Most services require at least 25Mbps speeds and a reliable router to avoid packet loss. My experience with Stadia... Stadia was met with skepticism and contradicting reviews at launch. So how does it perform now? My dad and I have been playing games on Stadia since its launch. Particularly in the past week, we've spent hours each day enjoying local co-op on Darksiders Genesis, multiplayer on Grid, and single player on Borderlands 3. So far the experience has been near-flawless. No noticeable input lag or degradation in audio/video quality. It's easy to forget the game is being streamed from a server, not a local game console. People seem to be pretty satisfied on Reddit too (r/stadia). I see cloud gaming as the next-gen experience and I'm eager to see how gaming will change over the upcoming years. Check it out! ** Disclaimer: I have professional relationships that may influence my preference in favor of Stadia. I've tried to keep this review unbiased, but I advise researching each cloud gaming service yourself! I've signed up for the xCloud beta. If I get into it, I'll report on my experience. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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