Cyberpunk 2077 in 4K - PC vs Stadia

If you haven’t heard of Cyberpunk 2077 by now, then you must have been living under a rock and if that’s the case, then I wholeheartedly welcome you back to civilisation! You should check out this thing called the internet… I hear it’s going to be big!

Cyberpunk 2077 has caused a rift in the gaming community. Those with high specification and powerful PCs have been singing its praise. Loving the graphical fidelity and right, vibrant world. Those on console however have been cursing the very name of Adam Badowski! There is, however, a secret third group who have risen from their dark corner of the gamerverse and look to be the heroes we deserve.

I am of course talking about Cloud gaming and specifically Stadia. Of the many platforms that Cyberpunk 2077 has launched onto, Stadia and PC are the undisputed best places to play, but you probably already know that, however, for those new to Stadia, many have asked how good is it? Does it hold up to PC? Where should I buy it? How did you get into my house?

 

Well, I can answer all of those questions as I have tried out both the Stadia and PC version at 4K and here’s how they stack up!

On PC, you have a massive selection of different graphical options to tinker with, this is both a blessing and a curse as you’ll find yourself spending the first 30 minutes of owning the game tinkering with every little detail to get the perfect balance between graphical fidelity and frames. Stadia on the other hand has just 5 options of which only 1 has a major change in how the game performs. Either Visuals or High Framerate… Personally I prefer to leave it in Visuals as it’s an RPG and I really want to get immersed in the world with the best graphics options available.

 

When it comes to graphics, there is no question that a powerful PC is much better visually than Stadia. Ray Tracing implementation alone adds an amazing natural feel to the game, the textures are sharper and higher detail, the models have higher poly counts and lines are a lot more defined and sharper. Sounds bad for Stadia right now, doesn’t it? Well, actually, it’s an unfair comparison (PLOT TWIST) as the PC I am talking about is running an RTX 3090 which on its own costs upward of £1400 if you’re lucky. Stadia on the other hand costs £0 and if you were lucky enough to buy Cyberpunk 2077 before stocks ran out, you’d also get a free Stadia Premiere edition worth £89.99. Now if you want 4K on Stadia, then you will pay £8.99 for the privilege, but there are more benefits on top of the 4K resolution.

The Stadia version of Cyberpunk 2077 in 4K with the Visual graphics option turned on is unreal. I mean that literally, it is hard to comprehend that it’s running on a server farm somewhere in Googleland and piping its way down the interwebs to your web browser! This is a game that consoles are struggling to even render that’s able to be played on most internet enabled devices. Whilst not as crisp as on a high spec PC, Stadia could easily be mistaken for a mid-high specification PC. Don’t believe me? I have made a video comparing the two versions which you can check out on my YouTube channel.

If you have a powerful enough PC to run the game with Ray Tracing, then PC is definitely the best way to play the game at the moment if you want to best graphical experience. If, however, you don’t have a PC powerful enough or you just want to flexibility to play the game wherever you want then Stadia is the best option! I have both and happily play one lifepath from the comfort of my sofa on Stadia and the other in my “home office” on my gaming PC.

Oh and that last question… You left the window open!

- Vivi
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