Apple’s plan is you let you play games on iPhone, iPad, Mac and AppleTV devices. Google wants you to stream games anywhere you can find its Chrome browser. And while we know a little more than that about Apple’s Arcade game subscription service and Google’s Stadia cloud gaming platform, we have way more questions than answers about which one may be right for your gaming style and give you more for your money. This week, at an event full of sweeping announcements that included magazine subscriptions and a credit card, Apple unveiled Arcade, a gaming subscription service that will start with more than 100 games exclusive to the service. Unlike Google’s Stadia, Apple Arcade isn’t about streaming. Players will download the games to play on their Apple devices, offline or online. The week before Apple’s event, Google announced its streaming game service at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Called Stadia, Google’s gaming service will work a bit like Netflix, where you can stream games to your PC, Chromebook, phone, tablet, TV — anything that can run the Chrome browser. Google also will have a Stadia game controller that will connect via Wi-Fi to Google’s services and offer dedicated buttons for sharing gameplay on YouTube and for seeking gaming help with a Google Assistant button. You’ll be able to your own controller, too. For Apple, the push into gaming is part of a larger effort to provide services tied to its hardware. Its games service, video-streaming platform and… [Read full story]
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