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Xbox basically just buried Google Stadia with the latest Project xCloud update

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XCloud (Image credit: Android Central)

With one single library update, Microsoft just ripped Google Stadia of one of its only reasons to exist. Today, without any fanfare or warning, Microsoft included Destiny 2 to its Project xCloud game streaming library, at no extra cost, complete with synchronicity for those of us who have been playing on Xbox or using save syncing.

Here are the games Microsoft added just today, alongside the rest of the full library.

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Destiny 2
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  • Batman: The Enemy Within – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)
  • Batman: The Telltale Series – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Wasteland 2: Directors Cut
  • The Surge
  • SUPERHOT
  • Portal Knights
  • GoNNER - BLÜEBERRY Edition
  • Kingdom Two Crowns
  • Sparklite
  • Tracks – The Train Set Game
  • Train Sim World 2019

Destiny 2 remains an incredibly popular game, and is practically the only service-type game with perpetual updates that might, might have justified keeping Google Stadia around. But now, why bother? On Project XCloud, not only do you get to play online, on the go, wherever you are on any Android device, but you also get to seamlessly sync your save file to an offline local version of the game, running on your Xbox console devices (whether it's the S, X, or Series X later this year). All of this, while ignoring the vast amount of superior games Project xCloud already offers despite being in preview.

Therein lies the only kicker, really. Google Stadia is actually released, a product you can buy in stores. Although, you could argue that it's effectively just a paid-for-preview, since the library sucks and it's missing tons of basic features, having only recently got some of its previously-advertised functionality like achievement support. Project xCloud is still limited only to the U.S. and UK, and even then, you need to be lucky enough to grab a spot in its preview program.

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Source: Android Central (Image credit: Source: Android Central)

Microsoft seems to be taking a soft approach to the rollout of xCloud, having only just expanded its home console streaming function to more markets. Google Stadia has far wider availability, despite all of its downsides.

Microsoft just ripped Google Stadia of one of its only reasons to exist.

Still, despite the availability, Xbox's obvious advantages are beginning to mount up against Google: The superior relationships with developers, the promise of offline versions through home consoles and Windows PC, all with seamless syncing across all of your devices. Microsoft also just announced that xCloud is already seeing positive results in Eastern markets, with South Korean gamers spending almost double the amount of hours streaming games than westerners.

Google isn't down for the count yet, though. The firm announced it will be adding more than a hundred games throughout 2020, complete with timed-exclusives. Google has piles of cash to spend on competing in this nascent market, whether it's purchasing third-party exclusivity deals a la Epic Games, or simply buying up studios in their entirety.

One thing is for certain though, Microsoft's established presence in the industry is going to help it a ton when it comes to this new market, when you envisage a world where the technology powering these experiences is practically equal. Google is going to quite seriously have its work cut out if it wants to stand even the vaguest chance of Stadia being anything more than another product on Google's scrapheap.

23 Comments
  • So something not even released is going to bury Stadia???? This is a horrible article.
  • He makes that point in the article that Stadia is a released product you can actually purchase at the moment. I think his point is that with the library Microsoft has in games compared to the laughable amount in Stadia as it stands today, Microsoft will win. He has a point too. Microsoft is probably about a year away from launching this and unless Stadia starts to add games it will fail compared to Microsoft. Think about the app gap with Windows phone. No apps, no one wanted to use it. Stadia, no games, who wants to pay for it.
  • There are pros and cons of both services. xCloud has a bigger library but the lag makes gameplay barely playable. Stadia is starting to build out a library but gameplay across screens is far superior. This my experience with both. Your YMMV
  • Yes, and the Xbox version is a full 60fps just like the stadia version? No? K. Articles' premise debunked. Nothing to see here folks. Destiny 2 superior on stadia. FPS are a whole different experience at 60 vs 30.
  • Lol. Sure buddy.
  • No his point fool is that a beta product is already superior to s supposedly commercial one. Stadia as a service is a joke. Its barely a beta product yet Google expects people to fork money over already.
  • Only superior with the game library. Stadia gameplay trump's xCloud.
  • xCloud is in beta and has a larger, more impressive line-up than pay for Stadia.
  • The Stadia only advantage is I can play it on my Mac. xCloud I can play from any android device at this time with a ton more games available, even most of same library, and then some. The new console streaming feature turns your personal Xbox into a server blade. It turns on silently, doesn't turn on hdmi or TV, and plays any game that's installed from my library, including games pass. Stadia with its current library simply cannot compete with Microsofts free beta. Stadia should still be beta too at this stage, but it's not, therefor Microsoft have buried it with a non existent product.
  • Wow what a really lame article. Xbox buries Stadia because... Destiny 2? What the actual...? You do realise that Destiny 2 is on Xbox already right? And that it is free to play since last September everywhere? And that Xbox Cloud only exists on cell phones because the tech is too awful on anything bigger? Oh, and it’s not publicly available yet? Oh, oh, and it’s going to cost a ton on launch whereas Stadia will be free? No, I didn’t think you’d thought much beyond your click-baity, bandwagon on-jumping headline. Sad, sad, sad.
  • Wtf are you actually talking about? Half of what you said is absolutely made up lol
  • My god you snowflakes are so easily triggered.
  • Agreed. Lame because the focus on the game library, nothing much about gameplay. xCloud is kinda a laggy mess for me, and can't play on the TV. Stadia already announced 120 games for this year, so library will grow over time.
  • Clearly, you don't understand the purpose of Stadia which is to eventually bring a AAA gaming experience chock full of eyecandy to any device regardless of its hardware specs. It was never truly meant for gamers with tricked out PC's or console gamers tied to a single box. For this reason alone, it will conquer its true market: Poor people who taunt you for your aging hardware while they continue to get ultra graphics settings on all the new games even on their garbage phone/tablet/pc/whatever and you don't.
  • Stadia isn't for anybody right now except Google fanboy fools.
  • You may want to read up more on Microsoft's plans for xCloud. It is intended for the same market as Stadia and will eventually support games for XBox Series X. Google has more to prove as they are new to gaming.
  • It is a complimentary service to the console. xCloud upgrade to SX specs, realistically, will be at least a year out after SX launch. It's not the same market because it doesn't allow you to play on the TV, that's the console territory. Stadia is an actual console replacement in the cloud
  • These are largely two different target markets. xCloud is mainly for people with an Xbox already and is more of a complimentary offering. Stadia is an entirely new platform. While they both enable streaming games one is built around streaming games and the other is built around enabling streaming xbox games. With Stadia they are aiming(and currently delivering some of it) enabling experiences not possible on pc or console platforms. There are many notable features that are enabled by running in the cloud.
  • xCloud will be available to anybody eventually so it will be a direct competitor along with all the other benefits of Xbox that Stadia doesn't have. Stadia will be shut down within 12-18 months.
  • No plans for xCloud on the TV where most people play AAA games. Big disadvantage vs Stadia
  • xCloud has been damned impressive for a preview app/service. My nephew loves it.
  • Coming from someone who has both platforms, I will say they are on the opposite end of the spectrum and will eventually crossover. Stadia doesn't have the games but has the tech and performance. xCloud has the games but has some catching up to do in the performance area. Before anyone cries about xCloud still in beta, if the article can compare the services as they are right now, then any comparison as they are right now is justified. I can always say Stadia will get more games, or say xCloud performance will increase over time.
  • The thing Iove about my Stadia is that I can go to work, and whilst on my lunch I can load up a Chrome browser and start playing games on it. That to me is amazing. No updates and no installs. I just load up and play within seconds. I have the Xbox game streaming app and the last time I used it you had to have your Xbox on to connect to it. That is pointless. Still have all the agro of waiting for downloads, waiting for updates. Google Stadia is years in front of the other consoles. Yes the Xbox offers Destiny 2 for free...but does it offer the whole game for free forever?