Despite the calls from many that cloud gaming is DOA, big tech is investing heavy into it. Apple, Amazon Facebook and Nividia have thrown their hats in the ring. Now, a new article courtesy of Protocol outline the approach of two of the biggest players in this field.
Google Stadia and Xbox project X-cloud are the current offerings from these big conglomerates. In regards, the article quotes their approaches going forth. However, due to recent offerings there’s doubts about the tech.
In response to criticisms of Stadia early on, Phil Harrison of Google says the following:
Outlining Google’s plans for 2020, Harrison said the company intends to launch a free version of Stadia soon. “The big strategic difference is that over the next few months you will be able to experience Stadia for free,” Harrison said. “No money down, without having to put a box in your home, you can just click and play amazing games straight from our data center.” …
As for the small library, Google says it intends to bring more than 100 additional games to the platform this year.
In lieu of Stadias tempered approach, rest assured Xbox is taking them very seriously. The article reflects on this from Phil Spencer:
Microsoft’s Spencer says he doesn’t consider Sony and Nintendo his main competition anymore, largely because neither of those Japanese companies owns its own top-end global cloud infrastructure akin to Microsoft’s Azure platform…
“When you talk about Nintendo and Sony, we have a ton of respect for them, but we see Amazon and Google as the main competitors going forward,” Spencer said…
The article also talks in good detail in regards to other entrants into cloud gaming. Taking all this into account, 2020 will be an interesting year for the showcase of this tech.