Comparison of GeForce NOW and Google Stadia, which is better?

by Kelvin
Comparison of GeForce NOW and Google Stadia, which is better?

Both services have already left the beta phase and are in the hands of players, and many of them claim that we can already throw computer games and consoles in the trash, because this is the future of video games. We say that not so fast, we must first see what each of them offers us in order to issue such a statement, right?

GeForce NOW vs Google Stadia

GeForce NOW vs. Google Stadia

Google StadiaGeForce NOW
permissionUp to 4K1080p
Recommended network speed35 Mbps for 4K @ 60 FPS25 Mbps for 1080p @ 60 FPS
Minimum network speed10 Mbps15 Mbps
GamesStadia StoreYour
Device supportChrome Browser, Chrome OS, Pixel, ChromecastWindows, MacOS, NVIDIA Shield, Android
Price€ 129 + € 10 per month (Pro)5 euros per month (offer for 12 months)

Service cost

It must be said that the price of GeForce NOW is currently advertizing and is only available to those who participated in the beta testing (founders) of the service, so the rest of us mortals must settle for the free version, which is strictly limited.


On the other hand, we have Stadia, which is only available to users looking to spend € 129 on Stadia Founder / Premiere Edition devices. This package includes Chromecast Ultra and Stadia controller It also has a limited free version, but the library is quite limited and the resolution equates to GeForce NOW: 1080p @ 60 FPS


In this case, the three-month Stage Pro An option is also offered that offers much more interesting games and promises games in 4K and 60 FPS if the network connection allows.

Complexity of configuration

The Google Stadia installation process is really very simple. though curiously you have to log out of the browser to install the game and then return to it to play it. Google things. In any case, the process consists of installing the application from which you control the games, and then playing it in the browser. Simple and simple at the same time as twisting in an absurd way, but come on, not difficult.

The browser is just as easy to use and you don’t need to do tricks to start playing. Four clicks – and that’s it, it’s that simple. The bad news is that you need to buy the game as Stadia is a closed ecosystem and you need to license any game that Google adds to the platform, which means accepting third party terms and conditions, data transfer, etc.

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By the way, whatever you buy will stay in the Stadia ecosystem and if at any time you decide not to renew your subscription, you will not be able to access them … Luckily, it works like PlayStation Plus, and if you subscribe again, your library will be waiting for you.

Concerning GeForce NOW, it’s pretty simple too … You just go to the NVIDIA website, download the app for your operating system, install it, log in, and you’re done, just like any other software. Unlike Stadia, GeForce NOW connects to your own game library on the most popular digital platforms, so you don’t need to duplicate games you’ve already purchased. Besides, the games are yours and you can continue to access them even if you are not subscribed to the service.

The gameplay is as simple as finding a game (there is a search engine), you add it to your home page and access it. If it hasn’t been installed, you will have the option to do so, or if you don’t have it, buy it. Everything is simple and very simple, the truth is that NVIDIA has simplified its program a lot and very well. However, please note that not all games are compatible with this service

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Graphics quality in GeForce NOW vs Google Stadia

Let’s start by talking about Stadia. This unable to customize graphics settings games, so you see what is there, which can be a disadvantage for players who get dizzy from the Motion Blur effect, for example. With that in mind, it seems like there are not enough textures compared to the GeForce NOW, the definition is not so good, and the details are lost in the images. Likewise, they appear to have reduced the field of view (visible at a shorter distance).

From a performance standpoint, it cannot be bought on a local PC, no doubt about that. The experience is good, but not as good as it could have been.

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When playing with GeForce NOW, you notice that textures inevitably lose definition while you’re moving (not so in static images), but overall the definition is pretty sharp. Resolution and graphics are noticeably better than in Stadia and the field of view is the same as on PC. At its best, in terms of performance and graphics, the GeForce NOW is on par with a gaming PC, which the Stadia lacks.

As a negative point in this area, it should be said that the images have less color, they are less bright than on a PC. But this is a comparison of GeForce NOW versus Google Stadia, and it must be said that the graphics quality of the NVIDIA system is superior to the Google system.

It should also be said that GeForce NOW is smoother than Stadia it is noted that they optimized the bandwidth consumed by games, and even with Wi-Fi there is practically no latency when connected (of course, I must say, there is a latency that does not exist in a PC).


Stadia is a very competent streaming game tool and we would expect no less from the “rulers” of the internet, Google. The technology they offer us is more than enough for light games, and it is only when you compare them to the competition that their weaknesses really show.

Yes, it’s true that it suffers some FPS drops here and there, but few and far between. In terms of latency, as long as you keep a stable connection, it is also stable. This is higher than GeForce NOW, it’s true, but once you get used to some lag between your actions on the controller and their reflection on the screen, that’s not something that bothers you or even that you perceive either. Only at the beginning.

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The gaming experience in GeForce NOW is quite compelling and closer to what we get when playing on a local PC than on Stadia. In this system, episodes of “irregular performance” are rare, as this proprietary NVIDIA application calls it, there are no noticeable drops in FPS, and, as in the case of Stadia, if the connection is stable, the latency is also high.

GeForce NOW vs. Google Stadia verdict

There is no other way to say this: Google Stadia has some obvious flaws. Its model appears to be weakened by competitors’ handover models or, in other words, these shortcomings are only visible if we compare it with other services, since the service experience is quite well achieved. In any case, this is a comparison, and we are obliged to say that both hardware and Stadia service are inferior to what NVIDIA offers with GeForce NOW

This may change once Stadia launches its free tier, but for now, if you don’t want to spend money, play your own games and have even more fun, GeForce NOW is the place for you.