Google Stadia vs Apple Arcade, What’s the Difference?

Two game subscription services add color to the gaming industry. No half-hearted, two giant companies announced this service in the near future, namely Google with Google Stadia and Apple with Apple Arcade.

The question arises, what is the difference between these two services? Basically, Google Stadia and Apple Arcade have significant differences, like comparing apples to oranges. But from a business perspective, both Google Stadia and Apple Arcade use subscription services for you to enjoy.

So, this time, we will get to know more by discussing the differences between Google Stadia and Apple Arcade. Yes, right away check it out!

READ ALSO: Apple Arcade, Apple’s Exclusive Game Subscription Service

1. Streaming vs Downloading

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If you play games on Google Stadia, then you really rely on an internet connection. As a result, you need an internet connection that is very fast and also stable.

In contrast to Apple Arcade, when you play the games on platforms Apple Arcade, you have to download it first. The good news is, you can play the game that has been downloaded, even in this state offline or not connected to the internet.

2. Platforms

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You can play games on Google Stadia using a variety of devices. PCs, Consoles, smartphones even smart TV though as long as the device has browsers Chrome and connected to the internet.

As for Apple Arcade, you can only play exclusive games on devices made by Apple. Of course, these devices are all devices produced by Apple, such as iMac, Macbook, iPhone, iPad, iPod and even Apple TV. Only, maybe not for the Apple Watch.

Technically, this indicates that the games available on Apple Arcade, of course, must be compatible with devices manufactured by Apple.

3. Number of Games at Release

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Apple acknowledges that there will be 100 more games available on Apple Arcade. It’s just that Forbes reports that there are only 30 new games available on Apple Arcade. You can see a list of Apple Arcade games below:

  • Where Cards Fall
  • The Pathless
  • LEGO Brawls
  • Hot Lava
  • Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm
  • Beyond a Steel Sky
  • Mr. Turtles
  • Frogger in Toy Town
  • Lego Art house
  • Cardpocalypse
  • No Way Home
  • Down in Bermuda
  • The Bradwell Conspiracy
  • Projection: FirstLight
  • Lifelike
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Repair
  • Sneaky Sasquatch
  • UFA on Tape: First Contact
  • SonicRacing
  • Doomsday Vault
  • ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree
  • HitchHiker
  • Spidersaurs
  • Yagas
  • monomals
  • Enter The Construct
  • Overlands
  • Winding Worlds
  • Kings of the Castle

Then what about Google Stadia? For now, Google Stadia has only announced 3 games. Among others are Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Doom Eternals and games being developed by Q-Game.

Of course, the list of games will increase over time as the two platforms mature.

4. Subscription Price

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Google hasn’t made it clear about the price that will be set for Google Stadia subscriptions later. There has been a lot of speculation about the price, some estimates are around $20 USD to $40 USD per month. This price is recognized based on price comparisons on PS + and Xbox Live.

As for Apple Arcade, Apple has set the Apple Arcade subscription price, which is $9.99 USD per month. Apple is also set to release Apple Arcade in the fall of 2023.


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Source: PCMag

From the facts above, Google Stadia and Apple Arcade look very different. Google Stadia has games that don’t need top specs, while Apple Arcade needs to be compatible with Apple devices.

Games provided by Apple Arcade may not be of AAA quality due to limited specifications. For example, the iPhone will not be able to meet the need to run AAA games. It might be a different story if the games available are only for iMac or Macbook.

Unlike Google Stadia, which doesn’t care about the devices we have, because the most important thing needed for Google Stadia is a fast and very stable internet connection to be able to comfortably play a collection of games on Google Stadia.

I conclude, these two products cannot be compared which one is better in terms of head-to-head considering that both have very different services.

Stay cool, gimbot will review this service in more detail as soon as these two services are available in Indonesia to help you determine which service is more “worth it” for you. Wait for it!

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