Is there ANY hope for game streaming? We tried them all.

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There are so many game streaming services popping up, with so many idiosyncrasies, that it’s hard to keep it all straight. In this video, James takes Linus through a tour testing GeForce Now, Google Stadia, Microsoft Project Xcloud, and Sony PlayStation Now to see which one makes the most sense...except we didn't try Shadow.
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  • Jason Kowalski

    Jason Kowalski

    Klukkustund síðan

    Starlink will fix all of the current problems.

  • Skrub Lord

    Skrub Lord

    Klukkustund síðan

    Why the heck didn’t Linux let him play

  • Emperor Snowman

    Emperor Snowman

    Klukkustund síðan

    You forgot remote play

  • Cameron Nisbett

    Cameron Nisbett

    2 klukkustundum síðan

    Way too biased to watch which any kind of credibility.

  • Radhames Gomez

    Radhames Gomez

    3 klukkustundum síðan

    Based on whois providing the information, I think the introduction should have been reversed :p

  • vibe check

    vibe check

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    hey linus, it's not stadia, I recently got a monitor with HDR and destiny looks awful in HDR compared to without, it's not good

  • Don Mooney

    Don Mooney

    7 klukkustundum síðan

    Streaming just isnt there yet. For fast reaction/quick input games. Like first person shooters/competitive multiplayer, racing games. Its just an overly enjoyable experience. The latency blatantly takes your attention off of the game itself.
    Ive used Xcloud quite a bit. On the go. Using a wi/fi connected Note 9 and also on a cellular connected tablet.
    Xcloud is more than serviceable. To just mess around on casual games. Games like Minecraft, City Builders and even turn based games like the original Final Fantasy 7. Which is on Xbox. Its a very good option.
    The worst part of Xcloud. Is you have to be in a place with a pretty top end connection. The connection to the Xbox server. Is always worse than your local service quality. So if your going in with a subpar signal. Less than 3 or 4 bars. It is very easy to have a buggy experience.
    Things like your character continuing to walk/spin. For another 5 or more seconds. After you release the joystick. Or the screen will tear or not refresh as it should. With your movements.
    It is certainly nowhere near replacing local hardware. But if your on the go. Or maybe your only option at the moment while in quarantine. Lol
    Xcloud is certainly nice to have as a secondary option.
    The best thing I have found about Xcloud. If you have a friend at the house. If you log into the friends account on your xbox. Then log into xcloud on a tablet or device. It allows you to have a form of couch coop. On alot of games, that dont actually have a legit split screen, couch coop mode.
    But it has to be done. On one of the games available for free from Microsoft. On the "Cloud Streaming" portion of Xcloud. It wont work if you play the "Console Streaming" mode. Since you cant both be logged in and playing on 1 console.
    But its a very viable option. It made a weekend much more enjoyable with a house guest. Being able to play Forza Horizon 4 together. Each under our different accounts at the same time in the same home. With only 1 Xbox console.
    But overall. Yes, All of the streaming options have a ways to go. Until they are even close to replacing Local hardware.
    Hopefully the denser availability and instant latency. That will be coming soon. With the jump to 5G internet speeds. Will be a big advancement in the game streaming world. Hopefully. While not being a necessity. Having a quality way to stream games. Is certainly a luxury. Alot of people will enjoy being able to have. Whether it replaces home consoles or not. I hope it does not. People seem to debate local or game streaming as an "Either Or" decision. Instead of thinking it is, "An option in addition to" home hardware.
    Right now, Ill give it a 5 or 6 out of 10. Sometimes a little less than desired. But largely not that close. To the expected standard of local.

  • Medicorene


    8 klukkustundum síðan

    Love you Linus.

  • Mitsunae


    8 klukkustundum síðan

    lol they really are milking money, think about it like this, all that money you spend on geforce now, you could've saved to get a better pc instead, you're just really wasting money at that point

  • Nic Mora

    Nic Mora

    14 klukkustundum síðan

    I think you should have tested out smaller companies that provide the same type of service like shadow

  • Joseph K

    Joseph K

    17 klukkustundum síðan

    8:20 That's funny, my grandpa used to say the same thing all the time about the people in his town

  • iTzTitanicGames


    20 klukkustundum síðan

    Not once did Linus aim...

  • percy de vries

    percy de vries

    20 klukkustundum síðan

    Linus my situation is. Divorced parents crappy laptop and ballin gamkng pc. I don't want to keep moving the pc from 1 to the other every week. I think parsec could be the way to go seeing you guys work fromnhome during covid-19 pandemic. Would be awesome if you xould go in dept

  • None Business

    None Business

    20 klukkustundum síðan

    "That's why stadia is so good for people who don't have any games"
    No, that's why it's so BAD for everyone else.

  • Lynxsis™


    21 klukkustund síðan

    great video but jesus fucking christ the script is hard to look past, such awkward interaction

  • Admiral Falco

    Admiral Falco

    21 klukkustund síðan

    Guys, after watching both this and your parsec video, i wonder whether you have heard of moonlight gamestreaming. Yes it isn't as bells and whistles as with some of the other options but if you have your own rig (like your editors) then it may prove better. (Plus its completely free)

  • Woable Attack

    Woable Attack

    21 klukkustund síðan

    This Nvidia thing is a good system. Lag is more of an issue, it costs money monthly, it limits your playtime and if you are unlucky it says that you are not allowed to play right now because your virtual big brother is playing. Cool beans...

  • Bert


    22 klukkustundum síðan

    You forget the Shadow service. A real computer in the cloud that really works as a private gaming computer. You can even use it for work. Anny software works on it.

  • Yasin Hasan

    Yasin Hasan

    Degi Síðan síðan

    destiny 2 was the first game i ever pre-ordered .. then they made it free 😑

  • Mirzu42


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Geforce now was shit at the beta and still is. I got into the program but it was only 60hz with big imput lag and ping to nvidia server it was just better to play on my own laptop

  • Ryan Stinnett

    Ryan Stinnett

    Degi Síðan síðan

    That these guys have never played a Samurai Shodown game stings...

  • eye615 x

    eye615 x

    Degi Síðan síðan

    stupid ass way to play game......

  • toorimakun


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Cloud gaming is just a way for companies to steal your games library if you do something they don't like

  • Octoflex


    Degi Síðan síðan

    the destiny snapping is probably just destiny. i've always felt their looking mechanic felt super weird like that.

  • Tucker Loftus

    Tucker Loftus

    Degi Síðan síðan

    "Would you really reccomend using a service, where, you dont have any games. And then when you buy a bunch of games, you still don't have any games??"

  • ChrisMT


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Rich clowns reviewing cloud gaming that is meant for consumers that DON'T want to spent 600-1200 on hardware to play a game
    Of course it will look a little less detailed and yes it will have miniscule input lag
    Need to talk about $$ for this comparison to be worth anything

    • ChrisMT


      15 klukkustundum síðan

      @Slide Ways I have it I only pay for 100mbs which I have been paying for a couple years now for ps4 and my wife likes to stream It works great for me the requirement is only 35 for 4k which isn't much at all The mayority of people in developed countries already have high speed internet

    • Slide Ways

      Slide Ways

      15 klukkustundum síðan

      ChrisMT for streaming to be effective you must already be paying for high speed internet

  • Jon Tempest

    Jon Tempest

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Odd u said u can't play ps4 on mobile... Iv been for a while but that's remote play not streaming lol get some funny glitches with it at times though 😂

  • Charlie Baker

    Charlie Baker

    Degi Síðan síðan

    also guys psnow is 10 a month which nothing

  • Charlie Baker

    Charlie Baker

    Degi Síðan síðan

    yall got it wrong you can play psnow on your computer

  • Charlie Baker

    Charlie Baker

    Degi Síðan síðan

    ps now has a streaming platform now adays which is nice

  • Charlie Baker

    Charlie Baker

    Degi Síðan síðan

    why are you using an xbox controller on a ps4

  • Charlie Baker

    Charlie Baker

    Degi Síðan síðan

    i like ps now personally

  • Captain CJ 97

    Captain CJ 97

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Fuck game streaming

  • Lisandro Crespo

    Lisandro Crespo

    Degi Síðan síðan

    If you own an Android TV, like the Nvidia Shield, and you own a gaming pc, you can use Steam Shield.



    Degi Síðan síðan

    I love xcloud

  • Vihar Contractor

    Vihar Contractor

    Degi Síðan síðan

    15 minute of video discussing the superior cloud gaming service amongst all.

    Conclusion: *_Its up to you_*

  • Bye 4116

    Bye 4116

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Xcloud on mobile is really good

  • Oli Norwell

    Oli Norwell

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Not quite the same idea but PS4 Remote play works really well for playing your PS4 in another room.

  • realistic king crimson

    realistic king crimson

    Degi Síðan síðan

    the 1k people who disliked are the cloud gaming services and their users themselves

  • Coteret


    Degi Síðan síðan

    I'm honestly really happy to see you give this a fair shake, and not just dismiss streaming in some elitest pc tirade (as many other outlets and publications I saw do). As someone in the camp of only having a laptop that can't run games, this has finally after years given me access to many games that were previously completely cut off to me. Tried GeForce a few times, running comp games (Siege, CSGO) and while there were a few moments (1-2 seconds) of dropped frames/connection, it ran without much noticeable delay.

  • Urban Neptune

    Urban Neptune

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The answer is simple as this, until game companies remove the option of physical consoles and everyone has Gig downloads speeds will it be accepted by gamers especially competitive gamers. No one is going to play on the cloud when physical consoles offer a gaming advantage, remove the advantage and players will be fine with it knowing they're all playing under same conditions.

  • tadder sauce

    tadder sauce

    2 dögum síðan

    "We had to buy destiny 2?" lol

  • macpac22


    2 dögum síðan

    Linus holds a controller like my dad...

  • Paco


    2 dögum síðan

    I used GeForce Now when it came out for alpha first time I spent a lot of time playing Fornite on it,sometimes it was good,yet sometimes I would get on really bad server and it was unplayable

  • Nyo Nor

    Nyo Nor

    2 dögum síðan

    What is the point to test it on gigabit internet when 99% does not have one?

  • D.A.C


    2 dögum síðan

    Bro i have a pc from 2006 and don't even have the real version of windows 7 because i can't spend the money on it

  • Citrus 3301

    Citrus 3301

    2 dögum síðan

    PIA is malware, why are you taking a sponsor from them...

  • shperax


    2 dögum síðan

    Stadia is such crap. What gamer out there doesn't already have a huge steam library..... Google have their heads up their asses on this one.

  • shperax


    2 dögum síðan

    I've tried them all with gigabit internet and 30 ping to their servers and the input lag is still noticable but I had no problem playing the games. It's just not ever gonna be better then like even a $500 PC build.

  • Eugene McCullough

    Eugene McCullough

    2 dögum síðan

    /my vote is for xbox stremaing service i have sideloaded the app on my nexus player and for a beta it runs fine and i use my xbox 1 controller
    .stadia sucks

  • PutzkeRulez


    2 dögum síðan

    why didnt you test shadow gaming?

  • iamdmc


    2 dögum síðan

    stadia sucks

  • J B

    J B

    2 dögum síðan

    PC - Master Race
    Console - Peasants
    Streaming Games - Slaves

  • Anerdi1


    2 dögum síðan

    Notice how they suck Microsoft XCloud's and PlayStation Now's d**** but s*** on GFN and Stadia...🤔

  • Laurent Baumann

    Laurent Baumann

    2 dögum síðan

    Not even a mention for It's the best, you get a full Windows 10 desktop with all your games, without rebuying them, and fear of them disappearing. Plus the rig is powerful and latency is quite low.

  • Bigdick Johnson

    Bigdick Johnson

    2 dögum síðan

    getting a linus add on a linus video which has linus adds HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

  • AdamCF


    2 dögum síðan

    What about shadow?

  • Nam Phuong

    Nam Phuong

    2 dögum síðan

    Imagine playing PS Now on PC when you can just hook up a PS4 to a monitor.

    • Charlie Baker

      Charlie Baker

      Degi Síðan síðan

      i mean i can play a playstation game on my laptop anywhere so its nice

  • First Last

    First Last

    2 dögum síðan

    What about shadow tech.. it has apps for all devices and runs my games relatively fast and with low latency and my call of duty modern warfare at over 100 FPS.
    Its 12.99 a month at this time.
    Please use my referral link to get a extra $5 off your account for the first month.

  • evann payne

    evann payne

    2 dögum síðan

    Linus is awesome.

  • Zx7o


    2 dögum síðan

    What about Shadow PC stream? Play w.e you want because it's a full cloud PC



    3 dögum síðan

    Try boosteroid

  • Zenumasu Doragon

    Zenumasu Doragon

    3 dögum síðan

    GeForce Now on the Shield is damn near perfect

  • aola wili

    aola wili

    3 dögum síðan

    "I play Halo with a dualshock" Microsoft has left the chat

    • yungdrm


      Degi Síðan síðan

      aola wili someone commented that already

  • Ahmad Alsharrah

    Ahmad Alsharrah

    3 dögum síðan

    1:54 PlayStation one ??

  • Austin Johnson

    Austin Johnson

    3 dögum síðan

    i have a potato pc barely runs minecraft and cs go but i use geoforce now eith ethernet and it works just like a powerful pc



    3 dögum síðan

    hey Linus (and Mr. Filthy), I'm trying to download Fallout Shelter On my Steam PC app. It's Scheduling my download everytime and not being downloaded or play. Please help me out.

    • aola wili

      aola wili

      3 dögum síðan

      Am I the only one that doesn't care about graphics ?

  • Hrishikesh Vichore

    Hrishikesh Vichore

    3 dögum síðan

    What game is that at 10:13

  • Max K

    Max K

    3 dögum síðan

    Playing Halo with a dual shock on an iphone is just about the biggest middle finger to Microsoft one can feasibly achieve.

  • Reynard Baillou

    Reynard Baillou

    3 dögum síðan

    You would think mac OS would be the main platform to go after since they don't usually have gaming options. Sony is stupid.

  • cold hell666

    cold hell666

    3 dögum síðan

    did he just said PlayStation one controller?

  • kjcxbutter lmaoxd

    kjcxbutter lmaoxd

    3 dögum síðan

    a rushed game is forever bad, and a delayed game has a chance to be good *cough* stadia *cough*

  • Aaron Z

    Aaron Z

    3 dögum síðan

    Forget streaming I’m sticking with pc steam and consoles.

  • Choyax Iceholocaust

    Choyax Iceholocaust

    3 dögum síðan

    What was his internet connection speed? because i doubt that the quality of most games will be significantly lower with most internet users.

  • FJforeverSOL


    3 dögum síðan

    Used the PS Now trial and 87 crashes or downscaling during gameplay later, I got through 2 hours of God of War. I have a 200/20 internet, the service is a complete joke.

  • Da$hLife


    3 dögum síðan

    who tf really looks for fps

  • Oussama Okbi

    Oussama Okbi

    3 dögum síðan

    "It's the blacks that look the most different to me" Excuse me what? xD

  • Hunter Sheppard

    Hunter Sheppard

    3 dögum síðan

    Is there any way to play warzone on a laptop using a streaming service?

  • Martin Parunakyan

    Martin Parunakyan

    3 dögum síðan

    Moonlight, Parsec, Steam Link. I use them weekly anywhere I can get 10mbps and a 5GHz or direct connection and have time to kill.

  • GG Gamer

    GG Gamer

    3 dögum síðan

    When you run on 1080- and now Linus is running on 720p