A new arrival in the cloud gaming niche has made itself known: Project Tempo, a product that has been developed by Amazon. Amazon’s involvement in the cloud gaming niche isn’t all that surprising, to be honest—considering the sheer size and power that the company holds, it was inevitable that Amazon would be joining the ranks sooner or later.
Google Stadia has never been at a shortage for competitor platforms. Even from its original announcement, Stadia has faced a lot of pressure from its two main rivals: the PS Now, which was one of the first ever attempts made at cloud gaming, and the xCloud, which was announced at a similar time to Stadia. However, as time has gone on, Google Stadia has proven itself against these two platforms time and time again, not only in the power and gaming experience that the platform can offer but also in the choice of games and development teams. Was there any doubt, really?
But what of this new announcement? How will Google Stadia vs Project Tempo compare?
Google Stadia vs Project Tempo
Though Google Stadia has been around for longer than Project Tempo, it would be foolish to underestimate the potential that an Amazon product could offer. Indeed, both Amazon and Google have extensive experience in the technology niche; though Google may be older, Amazon’s threat should certainly not be considered lightly. Amazon is a big power, and so there is the potential that the debate between Google Stadia vs Project Tempo could be far harder to predict an outcome to.
Original Content—The Big Threat to Stadia?
Both Google Stadia and Project Tempo offer, or will offer, original content and games for users. It was announced by the New York Times that Project Tempo’s first original, exclusive game will be Crucible—an “ambitious science fiction shooter”. Based on the early description, premise, and sneak peeks that we have seen, it seems likely that Crucible has been based on the premise of League of Legend. Dota 2 seems to also have had an influence in the project.
In addition to this, another new original game that has been announced is New World. New World is set to be an MMO which has been developed using Amazon’s own Lumberyard game engine. The game is heavily based on fantasy themes and is set in the 17th century, although in an alternate world; it is unclear as to where the inspiration for these titles came from.
Google vs Amazon—In House Game Development Teams
Amazon itself has invested hugely in its own in house game development teams; at present, Google seems to have placed more focus on getting third party game developers on board. With recent announcements in terms of Google expanding its own in house game development teams, though, it seems unfair to judge Google harshly on this point just yet.
So far, Amazon is a major rival to Google in terms of exclusive content. But at the rate that Google is currently expanding its in house teams, and the promise of far more exclusive Stadia only content in the weeks and months to come, it also seems to be the case that Google will rapidly catch up in terms of its own game development capabilities.
Google Stadia vs Project Tempo—Which is Better?
So far, we don’t know very much about the Project Tempo cloud gaming platform. Indeed, it seems like Project Tempo is still a way off, and in that time, Google Stadia is likely to massively improve its own offerings. With new games being added on a regular basis, this seems inevitable. It is unclear as to whether Amazon will even be able to keep up.
At present, the content that is available regarding the two exclusive Amazon games looks solid. However, the threat that these will pose to Stadia itself seems likely to be slim. The games are expected to eventually end up on the Project Tempo platform for cloud gaming, but in the meantime, they will also be made available on traditional gaming platforms.
In addition to this, the capabilities of the two in house game development teams needs to be considered. Amazon has a leg up on Google, in this regard; its own game development teams are further along in the development process than Google’s. However, Google has instead prioritized getting third party game developers on board up until now; with that goal now largely achieved, and with loads of third party devs on the team, it seems likely that Google will place a huge emphasis on getting its in house teams up and running properly.
Overall, without further information about Project Tempo, it is hard to give an accurate analysis of Google Stadia vs Project Tempo. However, considering that Stadia is already available for gamers and is always improving and updating its services, it seems likely that Google Stadia will be the one to come out on top in the end.
Google Stadia vs Project Tempo: A Final Look
Stadia has support from third party game developers and is rapidly expanding its in house teams. In addition, it has already built up a massive fan base, and this is set to grow further with the release of the free Google Stadia plan.
In short—Amazon would need to offer something never before seen to take away focus from Google Stadia and its existing fan base. And from what we know so far, that doesn’t look likely. If anything, Project Tempo looks to be little more than an attempt to cash in on the success of other cloud gaming platforms.
But what do you think? Could Amazon pose a serious rival to Google Stadia, or is Amazon simply too late to pose much of a threat? Let us know in the comments section below—and remember, stay safe and stay at home!