The coronavirus lockdown seems to be staying for months in many countries. People are exploring new ways to make the stay more enjoyable. One popular way is game streaming services.
Movie and series streaming services like Netflix have been growing in popularity and numbers of new subscribers. Gaming platforms have seen rapid growth in numbers of gamers.
And whether you are already a gamer or exploring gaming as a new option, you can consider a game streaming service.
Game streaming services work like Netflix, but for video games. You pay a monthly subscription and you get a growing list of games that don't need downloading on your computer or console.
Subscribing to a game streaming service means that you can freely try games and play them without needing to pay the full price of the game. You also don't need specially high specs or new storage devices. All you need is a fast and reliable internet connection.
Game streaming services are a perfect choice for trying out games and trying out gaming generally if you are new to it. So, let's dive into the different available services and what is offered by each.
PlayStation Now is one of the best available game streaming services. It is available for Playstation 4 and PC. One of the greatest things that the service offers for PC gamers is that it is the only way to play some Playstation exclusives without owning a Playstation console.
The service also offers a great feature for Playstation 4 owners. It lets them download games directly on systems if they want, instead of streaming them. This makes the service more like the game subscription service from their competitor Microsoft on Xbox consoles, Xbox Game Pass.
The subscription offers a range of blockbusters including The Last of Us and Until Dawn, in addition to many more games like Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, Dishonored, Bioshock Infinite and many more.
With the long list of over 600 games you can play anytime with the service, there are also some games that are available to play for limited time. They include big names.
At the moment, the very successful Playstation 4 exclusive Spiderman is available until July 7th. This is in addition to Tomb Raider and Just Cause 4 that are also available for limited time.
Playstation Now offers a one-week trial for free. Then the subscription is $10 per month or $25 if you are paying for 3 months. The yearly subscription is $60 dollars, meaning you only pay $5 per month.
Even if you don't own a powerful Nvidia RTX graphics card, you can still play games on ultra quality and high resolution with the game streaming service Geforce Now.
The service is available on Windows PCs, Mac PCs and Nvidia's Shield, a gaming console built by the company. It works in a different way compared to PlayStation Now.
To play games with this service, you need to buy them through a digital store like Steam, Uplay and Battle.net. After you own the game on one of these platforms, the cloud based computers will help you run the games on any specs.
GeForce Now is compatible with a large range of video games that include PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and many other Assassin's Creed games, Destiny 2, Dark Souls 3, Middle Earth Shadow of War, Nioh, Metro Exodus, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Tom Clancy's The Division 2.
Gaming requires a router that supports 5 GHz bands and a minimum of 15 Mbps internet connection. This is easy to have nowadays. A PC running Windows 7 64-bit or MacOS 10.10 or later is also required to enjoy the service.
GeForce Now also supports mouse and keyboard. It also supports a number of gamepads. The maximum number of hours in a session is 4 hours. Then you have to start a new session.
Google's game streaming service is fully built into the cloud like PlayStation Now. You don't need to own games on other platforms to play through the service.
This promising game streaming service allows players to play directly from Chrome browser without needing to own high-end PCs or consoles. Google also promises further integration of the service with YouTube. This includes the ability to watch a streamer and jump into their game to play with them.
YouTube ads are also planned to give you the ability to start playing the games in 5 seconds from the moment you click the ad. Google Assistant, the virtual assistant driven by artificial intelligence from Google, is going to be a gaming assistant when using Stadia to help you pass harder parts of the game.
Google Stadia supports 4K and 60 FPS and promises an incredible list of AAA games. They are unfortunately available for purchasing and not included in the subscription like in PlayStation Now. These games include Red Dead Redemption 2 and Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most anticipated games of 2020.
The list of games offered by Google Stadia include Metro Exodus, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Borderlands 2, Football Manager 2020, Mortal Kombat 11 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
And as the platform supports PCs, it also supports Android and iOS smartphones in addition to Chromecast Ultra. So, you can start playing directly on your TV.
Stadia is offered in 2 tiers. The Stadia Pro which offers 4K and 60 FPS costs $10 per month. Stadia Base is free with lower resolution and is yet to be released.
Those were the biggest game streaming services available by the biggest providers. Microsoft is also working on its service that is yet to be revealed.
The services, as you can notice, have various ways of working. The way PlayStation Now works is best for gamers. It costs a single small monthly fee with the availability of good list of games.
This is unlike Google Stadia in which you need to purchase full price games to play. This can be tricky when you can't decide which game to buy on such a new platform at this time.
GeForce Now offers a way that is much different. It just offers you the high-end PC experience through cloud connection. You choose the games to buy from online video game stores and then enjoy them forever on GeForce Now