Vortex is the equivalent to Netflix but for video games. The price is unbeatable (cheapest on this list)- $10 a month. You get access to a library of over 100 games, however, some of the games have to be owned in your steam account in order to play.
If you’re looking for an affordable well rounded game streaming service. Vortex is your best bet. It works on any device with Chrome browser, as well as Android, Windows, and macOS. That means even smart TV’s and smartphones. It’s recommended to have an internet speed over 10mbps for games to run optimally. Otherwise, the slower the connection, the more lag.
2. PlayStation Now
PlayStation has been around since 1994. The console has dominated global unit sales for 5 years in a row, with the PlayStation 4 selling 18 million units in 2018 alone. It’s no wonder why Sony is offering the experience even if you don’t own a console. With PlayStation Now, you can stream a library of over 750+ games from PS4, PS3, and PS2. All you need a compatible controller (preferably Dualshock 4).
Maybe you’re a microsoft guy and want to try something new. PlayStation Now has some of the greatest franchises in gaming history: with titles like Drakes Uncharted, God of War, Killzone, Ratchet and Clank, and many more. These games can be streamed to your PC, so your Xbox friends won’t reject you for having a PlayStation. It’s recommended to have an internet connection faster than 5mbps.
What separates shadow from the pack is its quality. They’re the only cloud gaming company that will tell you what it’s running, which are graphics cards that deliver the same quality as a GeForce GTX 1080 in 4k and HD. Shadow works with mostly all Windows, MacOS, or android devices. The only limit is your internet connection.. and your wallet.
Shadow is expensive as hell. We’re talking $35 a month, or $360 a year. Yea. For an industry that relies mostly on 15-25 year olds who’re struggling to afford college, that kind of price tag won’t work for most. Also, it only works with games you already own. That’s why it takes third place. It’s like the Bugatti of cloud gaming- it has the best performance and everything you want, but for a price most can’t afford.
4. GeForce Now
It makes sense for a company that produces graphics cards to try their hand at cloud gaming. As of writing this GeForce Now is still in public beta which is free to sign up. It will be subscription based when it goes commercial- if it ever takes off. GeForce Now was announced for PC and Macintosh in January 2017. I signed up for beta access but haven’t heard anything back. Apparently there is a waitlist.
5. Google Stadia
Google Stadia will be released in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe sometime in 2019. What’s most exciting is the hardware. They’ve teamed up with AMD to make the best in house graphics card that will deliver up to 10.7 teraflops- which means computational power. Xbox One X, the most powerful console on the market, has just 6 teraflops. PlayStation 4 has 4.2. With that perspective you can see how powerful these graphics will be, but with great power comes great responsibility. Don’t be evil.
6. Project Xcloud
Project Xcloud is essentially the Microsoft version of PlayStation Now. The Service is still being developed with beta tests planned for later 2019. Xcloud will open the world of Xbox to anyone with PC’s and mobile devices. It’ll most likely be a subscription model with Xbox exclusive games.