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Google Stadia vs. Amazon Moon: which is the best?

In the future, discussions about which console is best are likely to be a matter of the past if streaming video game services continue to advance. Currently, two of the participants in the segment are part of the largest companies in the world: Google Stadia and Amazon Luna. However, both services are somewhat different, regardless of the underlying proposal being similar.

In this article we will review what is in each of them from the games they offer, the platforms, the quality of video transmission, prices, availability and more: Amazon Luna vs. Google Stadia .

Available platforms

To connect to Luna or Stadia, you basically need to have a computer, phone or television connected to the internet. In the case of the living room of the house, Stadia is currently only available on the Chromecast Ultra, although in the future it will arrive on Google TV . Luna, meanwhile, is supported by the most modern Fire TV devices; Outside of this, there is no major support for televisions available. So if they have a Roku, an Apple TV, or any Chromecast other than the Ultra, they won't be able to access.

Now, if we talk about mobile devices, Stadia and Luna are on Android and iOS. In the case of Android, both services have native applications available to download from the store. But on iOS, given the limitations of the operating system, both companies offer web applications: basically, you have to visit the Stadia or Luna website and add it to the home screen, in a kind of "simulation" of the mobile experience.

But if what you want is to play on Mac or PC, Stadia and Luna are available although in a somewhat different format. Luna users can download a native application for Mac or Windows, or use the Chrome browser. Instead, Google Stadia can only be used through Chrome, as it has no dedicated apps.

Both Luna and Stadia have support for a good number of platforms, but Luna does offer greater compatibility, because it has support for a greater number of streaming boxes and for traditional computers.

Winner? Amazon Moon

Controls

The two services have support for bluetooth controls, either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, as well as keyboard and mouse. However, one of the important points of each service is that both have a proprietary control, which works over Wi-Fi and promises to reduce latency to a minimum.

The Stadia controller has a similar layout to the PlayStation controller and the two analog sticks are at the bottom of the controller. Through the Google Stadia application, it is possible to register an account that allows you to play on different screens and connect to the service directly. The Stadia controller costs around $ 70 and is available in three colors: white, black, and green.

Luna also has a control with Wi-Fi connection that is sold separately. It is available in a single color (black) and costs $ 50 for the duration of Luna's beta phase, but when the service is finally launched, the price will go up to $ 70. Unlike the Stadia controller, the Luna controller follows the Xbox design and only the left stick is at the bottom of the controller.

Both controls will cost the same in the future, but Google is slightly ahead when it comes to color offering. Also, the layout of the PlayStation controller will surely be more familiar to the vast majority of users in terms of the position of the sticks.

Winner? Google Stadia

Video quality

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Both Stadia and Luna offer video quality at 1080p and 60 frames per second. To access 4K quality on Stadia you will need to be subscribed to Stadia Pro; On the Luna side, 4K isn't offered yet, but Amazon's promise is to add it in the short term. Beyond this, there is no greater clarity on the technical details of Luna or what will come in the future. Instead, Stadia also offers HDR and support for 5.1 surround sound, for which you need to pay for Stadia Pro.

Although you eventually need to pay extra to access some features, Google Stadia is the one that offers the best video streaming quality today. Therefore, it is easy to declare the winner of this segment, although we will have to see how Luna improves in the future.

Winner: Google Stadia

library

It is in the library where these services are really different. Amazon launched Luna as a subscription-only service, which means that you have to pay a fixed monthly fee to access the games; something very similar to what Netflix or Hulu does, but with video games. Of course, the most basic subscription does not have all the games and you have to pay something extra to have access to Ubisoft titles, for example. And there is no option to acquire a game permanently.

Stadia also offers a subscription service called Stadia Pro, but you don't need to pay monthly in order to play. With Stadia, users can buy games and add them to their library permanently, just like digital games on Steam or any other platform but in a cloud game version. In the event that they subscribe to Stadia Pro, they will have access to the entire Stadia library, plus some additional features such as 4K video quality.

As for the quality of the library, the names vary from month to month, but both services go to great lengths when it comes to the biggest triple-A games, as well as drawing on a substantial selection of older games and indie titles. . But given Stadia's option to be able to buy games permanently, in this aspect the prize is taken.

Winner: Google Stadia

Price and availability

Google Stadia is currently available in 22 countries. Using the service to buy games is going to cost nothing more than the final price. However, to access the full catalog and streaming in 4K, the Stadia Pro subscription costs $ 10 per month.

Amazon Luna is something more exclusive for now. It is only available in the United States and requires an invitation to enter. In the event that they receive an invitation, the monthly price will be $ 6, while full access to Ubisoft games costs $ 15. It is also important to mention that these prices are in effect during the beta version, but they may change when the service is officially launched.

The fact that Stadia is available in more countries and that it also doesn't need a monthly subscription is enough to declare it the winner in this category.

Winner: Google Stadia

Google Stadia is more comprehensive in general

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Amazon is trying hard to break into the cloud gaming market, but they still have work to do to bring their service up to par with Google Stadia. This is not to say that Luna is lacking, but for now, Stadia is available in more countries around the world, subscription is not mandatory, and it offers more control alternatives.

Therefore, Google Stadia can well be declared as the best service between the two. Still, Amazon Luna has everything to become a very strong competitor in the future.

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