In the same way as the experience of going to the store to buy or rent a movie, thanks to streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and a growing variety of options that continue to increase, video game streaming services offer an attractive alternative to buying games physically or digitally.
In addition to the fact that the cost of maintaining a subscription to a streaming service is significantly lower than constantly buying new games, whose prices are considerably high, streaming platforms also allow you to immediately enjoy the action without waiting for the time it takes. Great facilities or updates.
It is true that, in the past, some transmission services such as OnLive did not work well, and that is because this type of platform is not for everyone. However, for gamers with a good consistent Internet connection and an inclination to jump from one game to another without plans to play the same title again, it is the perfect choice.
Therefore, we present a list of some of the best video game streaming services you can try right now, with some game recommendations so you have an idea of what you can play in each one.
Sony has some of the best first-line video games, but first you needed to have one of the company's consoles in order to play them. Now, with PlayStation Now, you can enjoy a variety of exclusive PlayStation games from your PC or PlayStation 4.
For your computer, all you need is a DualShock 4 control with a wireless adapter or mini USB cable, as well as a PlayStation Network account and at least 5 Mbps download speed from the Internet. If you have a PlayStation 4 you need the same Internet speed on your console, and with a free 7-day trial version or a paid subscription, you'll be ready to have fun with the best PlayStation-exclusive games.
For PS4 players, PlayStation Now subscription includes full access to multiple player support, even if you have not subscribed to PlayStation Plus. Your saved files will be compatible on both PC and PS4.
The PlayStation Now service has some old PlayStation exclusives, such as Killzone: Shadow Fall, The Last of Us, Until Dawn Y God of War III: Remastered. It also supports several third party games, such as Dishonored, Batman: Arkham Origins, BioShock Infinite Y Saints Row IV.
New games are added every month, and the full catalog now includes more than 600 titles. PlayStation Now costs $ 20 dollars for a one-month subscription, or $ 45 dollars for a three-month subscription.
You have a Mac or a low-end PC, but you want to play the latest AAA games? With GeForce Now, you can play the latest and best proposals from the main production companies without worrying about your computer overheating or having to run Bootcamp.
GeForce Now is not a content service like many of the other services on our list. You have to buy the games you want to play through a digital store, such as Steam, Uplay, or Blizzard's Battle.net. Once you have installed the application on your machine, GeForce cloud-based processors will allow you to run the game on any device, regardless of its specifications.
The service requires a higher Internet download speed than GameFly Streaming (25 Mbps minimum and 50 Mbps recommended) and you must have MacOS 10.10 or higher, or Windows 7 64-bit or higher to run it. An Ethernet connection or Wi-Fi connection using a 5 GHz router is required, and you can use a mouse and keyboard configuration or one of several gamepads. The sessions currently have a four-hour limit per player before you have to start a new session, to keep the servers available to other players.
GeForce Now is compatible with a wide variety of games, although remember that you have to buy them to use them with the service. The list includes Assassins Creed Origins, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Injustice 2, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Y Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, to name a few. GeForce Now is currently in beta test, and is free for users during the trial period. If you are interested, you can sign up for the waiting list on their official website.
The game streaming services that we mention are mainly focused on the large-budget AAA games of the main producers, but there are times when you may be more interested in an independent game created in a small studio, and Jump is the perfect service to do it.
Jump offers a streaming service without latency that, according to the company, is on par with what you would expect from a game completely installed on your device. Whether you play on a Windows PC, Linux PC, or a Mac, you can play in the service's library of games.
The saved data is stored in the cloud, so you can always resume the progress of the game where you left off, even if you change your device. Another interesting feature is that there are no microtransactions in any of the Jump games, and it is also compatible with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive glasses.
The only warning with Jump is that the technology used, called "HyperJump", uses the hardware of your local system to run games. This means that your system will have to be able to support it, although most of the games offered through Jump are not particularly demanding.
The list of options included in the monthly subscription cost of $ 5 dollars presents a great variety, as well-known independent games like Cook, Serve, Delicious, Gunhouse, Nidhogg Y The End is Nigh.
New games are added every month, and 70 percent of the proceeds go to developers whose games are included in the Jump library. You can try the system for free for two weeks, and subscriptions can be canceled at any time.
XBOX GAME PASS
The other services on our list depend on streaming technology to offer you your games, but Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass works a little differently. Just paying a $ 10 subscription per month, Xbox Game Pass gives you access to more than 100 games, which you can download to your Xbox One's storage device as you would any other digital game.
This means that with this service you will not have to worry if the internet in your home is slow or you lose the connection easily, since you can still play without problems.
It is very possible that Xbox Game Pass Have the best library of free games of any service on our list. You can find from Rise of the Tomb Raider, until Gears of War 4, and almost every notable Xbox One game you can imagine, is included through the program. As if that were not enough, it has a selection of Xbox 360 games available through compatibility with previous versions and even third party games as well.
However, the trick is in Microsoft's policy for future Xbox exclusives. All upcoming Xbox games that are coming will be included with an Xbox Game Pass subscription at no additional charge on launch day. Sea of thieves is available, as well as renowned games like Crackdown 3 Y State of Decay 2.
Google Stadia is the bet of the technology giant in gaming streaming services. Available from November 19, 2019, it is a service that promises access from any to titles with resolutions up to 4K, even if you don't have a powerful gaming computer.
The principle of this platform is to give you remote access to AAA titles from any device: desktops, laptops, phones or tablets. The only requirements are to have access to the Internet and a Chrome browser. The games are hosted on Stadia servers, equipped with a 2.7 GHz Intel x86 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a customized AMD graphics card and offering enough raw power for 10.7 TFlops.
Subscribing to Google Stadia Pro considers a value of $ 9.99 per month and gives you access to titles in HDR 4K format at 60 FPS and 5.1 surround sound. A premier edition for $ 129 dollars, which gives you access to the Pro plan for 3 months, a Chromecast Ultra transmission device and a Stadia control, is available for those who purchase the service in advance. In the middle of 2020, Google Stadia Base arrives, a free service with 1080 pixel quality at 60 FPS and without access to exclusive titles. In the future, Google has promised resolutions of 8K and 120 FPS for the Pro version.
In the initial phase, the library of titles of Google Stadia has Assassin's Creed Odyssey Y Eternal Doom, in addition to more than 40 games. However, this figure should grow over time, as up to 100 developers are working on specific versions for this platform.
Although it is compatible with traditional gamepads, it has a special controller, Stadia Controller, which has Wi-Fi connection, image sharing buttons, a microphone, Google Assistant support and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
According to Google, a minimum bandwidth of 10 Mbps is recommended to play at 720 pixels and up to 35 Mbps to reach 4K. If you choose the higher resolution, you will consume a terabyte of data in about 65 hours, something you should consider if you have a data limit plan.
Google is not the only company that wants to give you access to console-quality games, regardless of your location. Microsoft introduced its Project xCloud service in 2018, with which it seeks to eliminate the hardware barrier between its title library and the gamers.
Through Microsoft's 54 Azure data centers, xCloud allows you to play streaming a set of titles originally created for Xbox One or PC on any other device, such as phones and tablets. You can use your own Xbox console as a server through xCloud, without paying.
Unlike Stadia, which connects the control via Wi-Fi, xCloud does it via Bluetooth, which will theoretically result in lower latency. Xbox One controls after 2016 will be compatible with the device you use. If you prefer, you will also have access to custom touch control interfaces for mobile devices.
Since xCloud uses the same backbone network as Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Play Anywhere, you can save cross-platform data in the cloud. If you are playing on your Xbox One and need to move, you can continue your progress on some cell phone or tablet.
xCloud must arrive after Google Stadia. Although a release date has not yet been confirmed, public tests began in October 2019.
One of the most technically ambitious services is Shadow, designed to give the device of your choice the power of a high-end gaming computer, be it another PC, a Mac, television, phone or tablet. As with Nvidia GeForce Now, you don't need to buy games to use Shadow. Instead, you can import your store titles like Steam, Origin, Epic Games Store or Battle.net and play them.
Shadow uses a GTX 1080 GPU for games at 4K at 60Hz or 1080p at 144Hz. It uses 12 GB of DDR4 RAM and gives you access to 256 GB of storage, so you can have several titles installed simultaneously. Unlike Google Stadia or Project xCloud, you must download and update your games, since with Shadow you finally lease a high-powered gaming computer remotely.
With the Shadow Ghost accessory, you can turn your TV into a Shadow device and provide it with Bluetooth connectivity, to connect your controls or keyboards. If you need to move, you can switch to another screen while you continue running the game on the previous screen, that is, zero downtime between sessions. Although it recommends a 15 Mbps connection to achieve its best performance, it is compatible with 4G LTE to play on the move.
Shadow is more expensive than PlayStation Now and could advance the xCloud pricing structure. If you buy an annual plan, it will cost you $ 25 per month. If you decide to renew monthly, you must pay $ 35 dollars each month. If you want to try it before hiring it, you can try it for 10 days for $ 10 dollars.
* Updated by Rodrigo Orellana on October 25, 2019.