These are the alternatives to play video games in the cloud after the closure of Google Stadia

MADRID, 28 Jan. (Portaltic/EP) –

Last Wednesday January 18 The Google Stadia cloud video game service stopped being available because it did not achieve the number of users and the development that the company expected, but it is not a single platform that allows you to play from any device and anywhere.

The ‘cloud gaming’ either cloud game It is a way of playing video games through remote ‘hardware’, which corresponds to a company’s servers. Instead of using a physical disc and installing the game on the device to play locally, it runs remotely and only internet connection required to play him.

This game mode has advantages such as allowing you to log in on any compatible device, such as a ‘smartphone’ or a ‘smartTV’either Auto save and pick up where you left off.

The recent closure of Stadia, however, highlights the variety of platforms that offer gaming in the cloud, accessible from video consoles, but also from a computer, mobile phone or tablet.

XBOX GAME PASS

One of the ‘cloud’ platforms that can already make use of the control of the missing Stadia is Xbox Game Pass, distributed by Microsoft and intended for the console it develops, as well as the PC. This service has three different plans and one of them combines both platforms.

This is Ultimate, which is priced at 12.99 euros per month and offers hundreds of high-quality games, new games being added “constantly”, according to the company, as well as discounts and exclusive offers, free rewards and titles from Xbox Game Studios the same day they are released.

This subscription plan also includes xbox live gold, featuring a library of the best Electronic Arts titles on both console and PC, exclusive rewards, and members-only content. Plus, this add-on plan includes Deals With Gold, a program to obtain offers and discounts on the purchase of digital content in the Xbox Store.

On the other hand, both the PC version and the one available for console are priced at 9.99 euros per month and offer hundreds of high-quality games for each platform, as well as new games added frequentlytitles from Xbox Game Studios the same day they’re released, and member discounts and offers.

PLAYSTATION PLUS

The Sony console option, PlayStationis PS Plus, the result of a merger between two of the company’s previous subscription services, the eponymous PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now.

This new version, which debuted in Spain in June 2022, has three levels: Essential, Extra and Premium. The most advanced subscription modality is Playstation Plus Premium (PS Plus Premium) and includes all the benefits of the other two.

In addition, this subscription includes access to new game demos and 340 additional titles from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2 (PS2), PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PSP. The price for this subscription level is €16.99 per month, 49.99 euros for three months or 119.99 euros per year.

PlayStation Essential and Extra They have less features and, therefore, have a cheaper price. The first is priced at 8.99 euros per month, 24.99 euros for three months and 59.99 euros for the annual subscription; and features monthly games, online multiplayer and exclusive discounts.

PS Extra, For its part, it adds a larger catalog of video games, as well as Ubisoft+ Classics. Its monthly price is 13.99 euros, 39.99 euros for a three-month subscription and 99.99 euros for 12 months.

NVIDIA GEFORCE NOW

Nvidia GeForce Now is a cloud gaming service created by the graphics card developer Nvidia that has a catalog of video games that it doesn’t own, but allows users to play those that the user has on other platforms.

Unlike other cloud services, which offer more features as their size increases monthly or yearly feeNvidia GeForce Now tiers are offered based on the Nvidia platform being used.

Thus, for the company’s latest and most advanced platform, RTX 3080 –and, soon, with the RTX 4080– Ultimate mode is presented, which takes advantage of the technology of these graphics cards to offer features such as RTX ON, a technology responsible for improving lighting, shadows and reflections in video games.

At this maximum performance level, which is priced at €19.99 per month and 99.99 euros per year, it also gives exclusive access to the fastest servers, sessions of up to 8 hours in duration and quality of graphics during the game, with a resolution of up to 4K and up to 120 FPS.

Users with less advanced graphics cards may well opt for the free tier (with access to the basic platform, to the standard ‘gaming’ servers and one-hour game sessions) and to the Priority rate.

This, that a month It has a price of 9.99 euros per month and 49.99 euros for half a year, it offers access to the premium platform also with RTX On, priority access to premium servers, sessions of up to six hours, resolution up to 1080p and up to 60 FPS.

NETFLIX GAMES

Netflix It has also launched into the video game sector with its own platform, included in any of the subscriptions that give access to the series and movies for which she has become known.

At the moment it has 40 titles. These games do not display ads, nor do they contain in-app purchases. And to play you just have to have a ‘smartphone’ or a tablet Android or Apple and a Internet connection.

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