Not only Google wants to shake up the cloud gaming market properly with Stadia, but Microsoft and Sony are already looking at the new business model. But in addition to the big players, the German company Medion is now trying to get a foot in the door – and is taking a slightly different approach. Should the competition be worried now?
Update from December 19, 2019: Medion's new cloud gaming service is launched officially in beta today, Users who registered in advance during Gamescom or at IFA should receive appropriate invitations in the next few days and weeks with which the service can be tried out free of charge. The following 20 games are available to start with:
- LEGO Star Wars – The Complete Saga
- Toybox turbos
- Yono and the Celestial Elephants
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- Disney Universe
- Disney Pixars Cars 2 Disney Interactive
- Bombslinger Mode4 / plugin
- Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders
- Syberia 3
- MXGP – The Official Motocross Videogame
- GRID Autosport
- Outcast second contact
- The Flame in the Flood
- Among The Sleep Krillbite Studio
- BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger H2 Interactive Co., Ltd.
- STEREDENN Binary Stars Plug In Digital
- Striker’s Edge Dear Villagers
You can tell that real blockbusters are not part of the game portfolio at the start of the beta phase, but all games from the list can be streamed completely free of charge – an important difference in direct comparison to Google Stadia. Here you have to buy most titles before you can play them via Google's streaming service. As with the competition, the following applies: Game files do not have to be downloaded in advance, updates do not have to be installed separately. Simply select the game and the game stream starts.
In the beta phase, the service can only be used via PC, the maximum resolution is limited to 720p at 50 FPS. After the end of the beta phase, the subscription service will cost 9.99 euros per month, the range of games will be expanded to 50 titles, the resolution should be increased to a maximum of 1080p. So far, higher frame rates or 4K resolution do not seem to be planned.
In addition, the service will later be released for use on Android, iOS, MacOS devices as well as smart TVs and set-top boxes. The subscription can be canceled monthly. Medion plans to steadily expand the range of games.
Netflix for games: Medion also throws its hat into the cloud gaming ring
The topic of cloud gaming actually seems to be the next hype topic in the gaming area. While initial attempts like OnLive could not last long, the game industry is now convinced that the time is right.
In addition to Google, Sony and Microsoft, other competitors are also trying to claim a portion of the cake – including the German company Medion. The company from Essen cooperates with the Spanish company PlayGigato be able to deploy their new cloud gaming service with a subscription system.
Over 50 games are to be offered at the start in December 2019, however, the selection should always be expanded. Interested parties can already use the website register as tester * and then start the service Try it free for a month,
Like Google Stadia, Medion's cloud gaming solution should also run on numerous end devices: smartphones, desktop PCs and laptops, smart TVs and some set-top boxes are to be supported. Amazingly, however, can be found in the list no tablets again.
Medion Cloud Gaming: Information at Gamescom is still in short supply
While the period for the launch of the new service has already been announced, Medion is still covering many other issues. The fact is: If you want to use the Gloud gaming service, you need a stable and good internet connection. For a video stream with a resolution of 720p and a refresh rate of 30 FPS, Medion uses at least a connection speed of 12 Mbit / s ahead,
However, what the maximum resolution and refresh rate supported by the new streaming service is has not been released. Even when it came to the price, the company did not allow itself to be looked into the cards. On the website there is only the note "Low monthly fee, can be canceled monthly". There was also no information about the performance of the streaming servers.
At Gamescom, we asked Medion employees for more information on the points raised and will update the article as soon as we receive an answer.
It cannot be finally clarified whether Sony, Microsoft and Google should now beware of Medion. However, it can be doubted that the server structure of the electronics manufacturer can compete with that of a huge group like Google. But if the price and the game selection are right, Medion could actually create its own little niche in the world of cloud gaming with the offer.
The functionality of Medion's subscription service seems to be limited to cloud gaming – Stadia has more to offer:
What do you think about the fact that companies like Medion also offer their own streaming service? Do you think increasing competition is stimulating business? Or will Medion's cloud gaming service go swimming? Please write us your opinion on the topic in the comments.