A reader looks at the many video game streaming alternatives to Stadia and points out where he thinks Google is getting things wrong.
I don’t understand the reasoning of the early adopters of the Stadia service. The service from Nvidia, GeForce Now, has been in free beta for much longer. It has compatibility with various stores including Steam, so if you own a game on that platform you can stream it for free with the service. This automatically negates the appeal of a services such as Stadia where you have to pay for the game specifically to run only on that service.
For Nvidia Shield customers, beta access comes with the device; for everyone else there is a waiting list. Now this service has been made available to Android users with beta access, although you have to hunt for a compatible APK installation file online. I have personally signed up for beta access to Project xCloud as it looks far more interesting and appealing than Stadia and have been placed on a waiting list.
I have been experimenting with various DIY cloud streaming software for a while now, including KinoConsole, Remotr, Moonlight, Rainway, Steam Link, and Parsec. They all have their own pros and cons but my favourite is Parsec, which is very low latency and is usable in a similar way to traditional VNC (virtual network computer) software such as TeamViewer.
I expect these technologies to take off when 5G home broadband and 5G mobile data plans become more widespread. One critical feature which DIY cloud gaming software should have is Wake-on-LAN (WoL) to allow a user to remotely wake up their PC from low power sleep mode, saving energy costs by removing the need for keeping the PC on all the time.
What Stadia needs to invest in drastically is permanently 100% exclusive games and either access to their entire catalogue for an affordable subscription fee, like Netflix, or an entirely free service with existing stores integration, to compete with the existing GeForce Now.
If Stadia offered access to more stores than its competitors, instead of trying to be its own store, it would have a great advantage. Logically there is no reason for anyone to adopt Stadia.
I expect Sony to improve their remote play feature in the next iteration of the PlayStation series. My question is, why pay for services to stream games? Especially when you can do it yourself with ease and little to no technical ability.
By reader Sheel
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