Both services are already leaving the Beta category and are in the hands of players, and many of them are making sure we can throw PC games and consoles in the trash because this is the future of video games. We say not so fast, we have to start by seeing what each of them is giving us in order to be able to issue such a guarantee, right?
Compare GeForce NOW vs Google Stadia
|Google Stadia||GeForce NOW|
|The decision||Up to 4K||1080p|
|Recommended network speed||35 Mbps of 4K at 60 FPS||25 Mbps for 1080p at 60 FPS|
|Minimum network speed||10 Mbps||15 Mbps|
|Games||Stadia Store||It's yours|
|Device Support||Chrome Browser, Chrome OS, Pixel, Chromecast||Windows, MacOS, NVIDIA Shield, Android|
|Price||€ 129 + € 10 per month (Pro)||€ 5 per month (donate 12 months)|
It should be mentioned that the price of GeForce NOW is nominal and only available to beta participants (founders) of the service, so some of us who are dying should pay for a very limited free version.
On the other hand, we have Stadia, available only to users who want to spend 129 euros on Stadia Founder & # 39; s / Premier version devices. Included in this package are a Chromecast Ultra and Stadia controller. It also has a limited free version, but the library is limited, and the fix is similar to GeForce NOW: 1080p at 60 FPS.
In this case, an option is provided as well Stadia Pro three months which offers some of the most exciting, and promising games in 4K and 60 FPS configurations if network connectivity allows.
Severity of configuration
The Google Stadia installation process is very simple, although there is a curiosity that you have to exit the browser to install the game and return to play it. Google stuff. In any case, the process consists of installing the app from when you manage the games and play them in the browser. It is simple and easy at the same time as it is found in a ridiculous way, but come on, there is no difficulty.
The browser is very easy to use and you d on't need to make tricks to play. Four clicks and then you go in, it's really easy. The bad part is if you have to buy a game, because Stadia is a closed system and you have to license any game that Google adds to the platform, which means accepting third-party terms and conditions, submitting details, etc.
By the way, whatever you buy will stay in the Stadia ecosystem again if at any time you decide not to renew the registration, you will not be able to access it. Fortunately, it works like PlayStation Plus, and if you sign up again, your library will be waiting for you.
Regarding GeForce NOW is simple too. You simply go to the NVIDIA website, download your operating system, install it, sign in and you're done, just like any other software. Unlike Stadia, GeForce NOW connects to your game library on the most popular digital platforms, so you don't have to duplicate the games you bought. Also, the games are yours and you can continue to access them or do not subscribe to the service.
The process of playing is as simple as searching a game (there's a search engine), pasting it on your homepage and accessing it. If you do not have one installed, you will have the opportunity to do it, or if you do not, buy it. It's all very simple and very easy, the fact that NVIDIA has worked a lot and is very good at simplifying its system. Still, remember that not all games are compatible with this app.
Quality level on GeForce NOW vs Google Stadia
We start by talking about Stadia. Here it is not possible to adjust the graphics settings games, so what you see is, which can be dangerous for dumb players with the effects of Motion Blur, for example. With that in mind, there seems to be a lack of graphics compared to GeForce NOW, the description is poor and details are missing from the photos. Similarly, they appear to have narrowed the field of vision (seen from a distance).
In terms of functionality it cannot be purchased with a local PC, there can be no doubt about that. The experience is good, but not as good as it may be.
Playing with GeForce NOW, shows that by defeat the composition has lost its meaning while traveling (Not with static images), but overall the meaning is clear. The solution and graphics are noticeably better than Stadia, and the viewing field is the same on a PC. Best of all, in terms of functionality and graphics functionality GeForce NOW is at a party with a gaming PC, something Stadia is lacking.
As a bad point in this area, it should be said that the images are smaller, less vivid than the PC. But this is a comparison by GeForce NOW vs Google Stadia, and it should be said that with graphical quality, the NVIDIA system beat the Google system.
It should also be said that the game at GeForce NOW feels more fluid than Stadia, it's notable that they have taken advantage of the bandwidth consumed by the games and even with WiFi connectivity there are no delays (of course, it must be said, there are delays, which doesn't happen on PC).
Stadia is a very powerful tool for streaming games, and we wouldn't expect less from the "rulers" of the Internet, Google. The technology they bring to us is good enough for light games, and only when you compare it to a competition where its flaws are really obvious.
Yes it is true that it suffers some drops in FPS here and there, but it is few and far between. As for latency, as long as you maintain a stable connection, it is also stable. It's higher than GeForce NOW, that's true, but once you get accustomed to having delays between your actions on the controller and displayed on the screen, it's not a concern or even the most noticeable. In the beginning only.
The gaming experience at GeForce NOW is compelling, and closer to what we find playing on a local PC than Stadia. With this system, there are "rarely working" episodes as the NVIDIA system itself calls it, there are no visible drops in the FPS and, like Stadia, if the connection is stable, the latency is too.
GeForce NOW vs Google Stadia, a decision
There's no other way to say it: Google Stadia has obvious flaws. The model itself seems to be weakened by the transmission model of the competition or, in other words, this shortcoming is only recognized when we compare it to other services, because the service experience is very well received. In any case, this is a comparison and we are obliged to say that both Stadia resources and apps are less than what NVIDIA is offering with GeForce NOW.
Maybe this will change if Stadia launches its free campaign, but in the meantime if you don't want to spend money, play your games, and enjoy more experiences, GeForce NOW is the way to go.