which cloud gaming platform is best suited for each type of gamer

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The arrival of the final version of Amazon Luna in the United States has reactivated the interest in video game streaming platforms. Amazon’s proposal competes with Google Stadia, NVIDIA GeForce Now, Microsoft CloudGaming (formerly known as xCloud), or sony ps now.

Cloud gaming is increasingly offering more alternatives for users who want to enjoy their video games on any device —mobile phones and tablets included— but it can be somewhat difficult to understand what the orientation of each service is. Below we review the most relevant of today.

A quick look at the most outstanding proposals

Catalogue

Model

Price

Google Stadia

266 games

The user buys in the service catalog each game he wants to play in the cloud. He keeps it forever.

Standard: Free, I play in 1080p at 60 FPS

Pro: 9.99 euros/month, I play in 4K at 60 FPS, they give away monthly games that you can enjoy as long as you keep the subscription.

Nvidia GeForce Now

More than 1,000

The user buys from the catalog of compatible stores such as Steam or the Epic Games Store.

Standard: free, one hour sessions, less quality.

Priority: €49.99/6 months, game at 1080p@60 FPS, up to 6 hours per session.

RTX 3080: €99.99/6 months, gaming at 1440p@120, up to 8 hours per session.

Microsoft CloudGaming

More than 250

The user can play all the games in the catalog as long as he maintains the subscription.

€12.99 per month

amazon moon

More than 700

The user subscribes to channels, each of which gives access to certain games. You can play those games as long as you keep the subscription.

It depends on the channel to which the user subscribes. From free (with Prime subscription) to channels like Ubi Soft ($12.99/month)

Sony PS NOw

About 10

The user can play all the games in the catalog as long as he maintains the subscription.

€9.99 per month

Different approaches for different types of user

Some say that the PS5 and the Xbox Series S/X will be the last generation of consoles. Then we will play as we now listen to music: by streaming. According to these forecasts, PCs and laptops for gamers are also they will lose sharebecause the services will be so polished that it will be possible to play AAA titles in 4K @ 60 (or more) from a ChromeBook or from the TV.

they are in it several of the greats of the technology industry. Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Sony, Nintendo (in a timid way) and now Amazon have been preparing their video game streaming services for some time, and each of them offers a different alternative.

The current state of video game streaming: these are the options that players have to play in the cloud

There are certain similarities in some cases, of course, but the video game segment is quite different from streaming music or streaming video: there the differences are essentially based on the catalogue, but on cloud gaming platforms things go further.

The catalogs are of course the key point —if I am not going to be able to play the game that I like, it will be difficult for me to be interested in that platform that does not have it—, but the different options curious models pose that may suit certain users. Let’s see them:

  • Google Stadia: if you want to play a game on Stadia, you have to buy it in its catalog: it doesn’t work if you had bought it, for example, on Steam. From there you can play it whenever you want in the Google cloud. The free service allows you to play at 1080p, while the paid service allows you to go to 4K and also Google “gifts” games that you can enjoy while you maintain the subscription.
  • NVIDIA GeForce NOW: The proposal is quite similar to Stadia, but the difference is that they do not have their own store: they serve the games that you have bought or are going to buy in compatible stores such as Steam, Origin or the Epic Games Store. That makes the catalog immense but beware, not complete (nothing about FIFA, for example). What you end up paying for is how long your gaming sessions can be and, above all, the graphic quality you play at: from standard (below 1080p, unspecified) to 1080p@60 or even 1440p@120.
  • Microsoft CloudGaming: here the idea is to offer an open bar with a catalog of more than 250 games that you can enjoy whenever you want as long as you keep the subscription. Cloud gaming is part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which offers other clear advantages if you play on PC or console (among others, buy games at discounted prices to keep them forever before they disappear from the catalog, which changes every month) , but not available separately.
  • sony ps now: Sony’s proposal allows you to play PS2, PS3 and PS4 games on PS4, PS5 and even PC via streaming, but it does not allow you to play those games on mobile phones and tablets as it is offered in the Microsoft service, for example. The catalog is remarkable and a safe value for Sony, and the company seems to be working on the Spartacus project to strengthen it considerably.
  • amazon moon: The service differs from the previous ones in that there is no catalog as such, but rather “sub-catalogs” with sets of games that can appeal to different audiences. The proposal is therefore more divided, but that can be interesting if we are only interested in certain games. In others, things are expensive —the UbiSoft Plus channel, which gives access to their latest productions, costs $17.99 a month—, but on Amazon they have an interesting ingredient: if you’re an Amazon Prime customer, you have Luna included with the basic offer, and from there you can subscribe for certain months to some channels or others.

Everything for everyone

There is of course other alternatives additional: Nintendo Switch Cloud offers the possibility of playing in the cloud to a small group of titles that add that option, for example, but the proposal is still very limited.

There are other curious ideas like the one proposed by Shadowa service in which basically you rent a Windows PC that you can access at all times for work or play. It is a clear alternative to GeForce Now, for example, but the hardware that can be accessed in the latter is much better geared towards gaming and is also much cheaper (Shadow starts at $29.99 per month).

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Thus, the proposals are varied and can certainly be used by all types of users. If you don’t have a console Both Microsoft Cloud Gaming (and by extension, Game Pass Ultimate) and PS Now are good options to enjoy the catalogs of Microsoft and Sony.

If your PC is not very powerful or you simply want to be able to play games that you have bought on Steam or Epic anywhere —surely you have a good library of games that you have not had time to enjoy— GeForce Now seems like the flashier option.

For its part, Stadia looks interesting for games that we can perhaps buy cheaper there and that we can always play in the cloud -hopefully the service is not abandoned, the situation is currently somewhat confusing- for free in 1080p quality.

The arrival of the final version of Amazon Luna in the United States has reactivated the interest in video game…

The arrival of the final version of Amazon Luna in the United States has reactivated the interest in video game…

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