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NovemberPlayers of Google Stages can stream games if they have registered for . The service of Google works a bit like Netflix, where you stream games to your devices, while the data center of Google handles all processing.
For both Apple and Google, a game service is a new frontier that takes the wild popularity of gaming apps one step further. High bandwidth powered byand the upcoming have the potential to make streaming games possible with advanced graphics and very little delay. Tapping the spirit of the game also opens up more revenue streams by giving Apple and Google ways to charge subscription fees.
Especially for Apple, the push in gaming is part of a greater effort to offer services related to its hardware. The game serviceand even Apple Music are all compelling reasons for staying true to Apple & # 39; s world and using an Apple device. For Google, it's all about the cloud, and the gaming platform plays on its strengths, so that players can participate in cloud-based gaming and then share gameplay via YouTube.
Although we have as many questions as answers about which service is appropriate for your game style and would give you more for your money, here's what we do (and don't) know about the game platforms.
When they come
Stages : Google said during itsthat you . You must have the now sold out Stadia Founder & # 39; s Edition reserved for $ 130 – giving you access to the service, a controller and a three-month pass for the $ 9.99 per month Stadia Pro – or . If you want to play individual games without a subscription, you have to wait until 2020 and Stadium Base, which is a different level of service.
Arcade : for Apple devices,and arrived a few weeks later for iPads, Apple TV and MacOS Catalina. You can play on Apple devices for $ 4.99 a month.
Stages and Arcade: How Much They Cost
Arcade : You can download and play all Apple Arcade games for $ 4.99 a month without in-app purchases on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch,and Apple TV devices. Those prices refer to one to six family members on Apple devices.
Stages : At the starting level you can play free games at Stages up to 1080 / 60p with the Stages Base by purchasing individual games. Google has not disclosed the price for individual games.
For $ 10 a month you can subscribe to Stadia Pro, which gives you free access to some games, while others can be purchased to play at a resolution of up to 4K and 60 frames per second. Stages offers discounts on selected games, but we do not know what that price structure looks like.
To fill the pump, Google offered the Stadia Founder & # 39; s Edition, a $ 130 limited-edition package that gives you access to the service in November, a limited-edition controller, astreaming device, three-month Stadia Pro, a three-month buddy pass so that you have someone to play with, and a first chance to claim your Stadia name. The Founder & # 39; s Edition is sold out, but you can still buy a similar package, for $ 140 to play in November.
We do not know what happens to games that you purchase at a discount with a Stadia Pro account if you switch to a Stadia Base account. And we don't know what happens if you own a game on a different service and want to play it at Stages.
Where they will run
Stages : Google's streaming game service is running in a Chrome browser, on a TV connected to aand on the as well as the and . Google said it will add support for more phones.
Arcade : You can download and play Apple Arcade games onand devices.
What about controllers?
Stages : Google said it has its own $ 70 controller for Stages, which connects to the service via Wi-Fi. If you sign up for the Founder & # 39; s Edition package, you get a Night Blue Stadium controller with the purchase of $ 129. With the $ 140 Premiere Edition you get a Clearly White Stadium controller. You can also use your own controller. Google said the goal is to make you play anywhere with just a controller and a screen.
Arcade : Apple said iOS and MacOS devices and on Apple TV – offer interesting Arcade gameplay options and give Apple an answer to Google's Stages game controller.– including Xbox wireless controllers with Bluetooth and PlayStation DualShock 4 and MFi game controllers. The controllers – which will work with Arcade on
Who makes the games?
Stages : Google said it is working with a series of game developers – including Ubisoft and ID Software – to deliver games to Stages. At a pre-E3 event earlier this year, Google showed a dozen games running on Stages, including
Earlier at GDC, Ubisoft Assassin & Creed: Odyssey and ID demons Doom Eternal at stadiums. Assassin & # 39; s Creed: Ubisoft's Odyssey has been working at Google since Stages was still known as Project Stream.you played it last year.
Google also opens its own game studio, but offers no details about games that are in the making. Stages has exclusive games, as well as games that are available elsewhere.
Arcade : Apple said that all Arcade games are exclusive to the program and are not available on other mobile devices or part of other subscription services.with new games every month, Apple said.
Arcade contains games from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Clay Entertainment, Konami, Lego, Mistwalker, Sega, Snowman and Ustwo.
Apple also enters the game design industry and says it contributes to the development costs of games being put into use.
Stages of Arcade: which service is for you?
It still feels a bit early to dig into both pros and cons. That said, if you like console games and you have a good internet connection, Stadia might fit well with the controller-driven service. If you are a casual gamer, attracted to indie games or want an affordable plan for a family of gamers, Apple's approach may be a better choice.
Apple Arcade versus Google Stages
|Apple Arcade||Google Stages|
|Release Date||Now available for iOS 13, iPadOS, TVOS 13 and MacOS Catalina.||
November 19, for Premiere of Founder & # 39; s Edition; 2020 for free play.|
|$ 4.99 per month for one to six people||Free up to $ 9.99 per month, plus the price of individual games|
|Devices||Telephone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac and Apple TV devices||Everything with an internet connection and Chrome browser|
|Number of games||100 exclusive games to start||Unknown, but a mix of exclusive and general|
Originally published earlier this year. Recently updated to add details from Apple Arcade and Google Stages.
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