Gamers can now play their favorite video games with the availability of Apple Arcade, and in less than a month, they can also use Google Stadia if they so choose. Both Apple and Google entered a new frontier, which is a gaming service, and took popular gaming apps a little notch higher. With the imminent advances in Wi-Fi and 5G networks, enhanced graphics and less lag make game subscription services an attractive proposal to many gamers.

Google and Apple have also considered gaming is the zeitgeist with streams of revenue coming from subscription fees. So which gaming service best suits your gaming habits and preferences? In this article, we compare and contrast Apple Arcade and Google Stadia in terms of cost, availability, controllers, specs, and features.


With Apple Arcade, you can play and download Apple Arcade games for only $4.99 per month. There are no in-app purchases for Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod Touch. This price covers between one and six family members using different Apple devices.

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Google Stadia is the latest streaming service from Google but it seems that it is peppered with a lot of issues in the wake of its release. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Google Stadia, on the other hand, charges $10 a month. You can subscribe to Google Stadia Pro that allows you to gain access to some titles for free. Other games are also available for purchase with up to 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. At this point, the search engine giant has not yet revealed its pricing structure.

Compatible Devices

Google Stadia game streaming service can run in a Chrome browser, on a TV linked to a Chromecast Ultra streaming device, or on the new Google Pixel 4 phones and also in Pixel 3 and Pixel 3A phones. Meanwhile, Apple Arcade allows you to download and play games on Apple devices like iPhones, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and iPod Touch.


Google stadia will have its own gaming controller, which will be retailed at $70 and can be connected to the game streaming service through Wi-Fi. If you want the Founder’s Edition Stadia package, you will receive Night Blue Stadia controller for free with the $129 bundle. You can also opt to the Premiere Edition at $140 and get a Clear White Google Stadia Controller. If you have your own controller, Google said that you could be able to use it with Stadia.

Apple Arcade also promises to support a wide range of gaming controllers. For now, it can be used with MFi game controllers, PlayStation DualShock 4, and Xbox Wireless Controllers with Bluetooth.