Cloud gaming is here, and two streaming services, Google Stadia and Microsoft Project xCloud, are taking the lead. Stadia launched on Nov. 19; Microsoft began its xCloud preview in September.

Google is a relative newcomer to the gaming industry compared with powerhouse Microsoft. It’s taking a different approach from the Xbox maker by considering its service a platform of its own that provides a means to play games without the need for a console or a gaming PC. Microsoft, on the other hand, is using Project xCloud as an extension of its console.

What’s coming

Stadia still has a ways to go before all the features originally announced by Google will be fully implemented. There are also more major titles coming in 2020. The Stadia team says 120 games will be released on the platform this year.

Microsoft has plans to release more features for xCloud as it continues its preview in 2020. The company already revealed that its cloud gaming service will be an integral part of its next console, the Xbox Series X, which means it could officially launch at the same time as the console.

Latest games as of 1/21

Stadia:

  • Borderlands 3
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint

xCloud:

  • Batman: The Telltale Series
  • Batman: The Enemy Within
  • Black Desert Online
  • Civilization VI
  • Destiny 2
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • GoNNER – BLüEBERRY EDiTION
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Kingdom Two Crowns
  • Portal Knights
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  • Moonlighter
  • Sparklite
  • Superhot
  • The Surge
  • Tracks: The Train Set Game
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Train Sim World 2019