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We tested Cyberpunk 2077 on iPhone and iPad

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We tested Cyberpunk 2077 on iPhone and iPad

If Cyberpunk 2077 did one thing well at its launch, it was to be everywhere. Not a platform was forgotten, not even Google Stadia, often the poor relation of the game’s media at its release. This time the cloud gaming service also got its version of the CD title Projekt Red. This was an opportunity for us to test the multi-media promises of the service, especially on newcomers, the iPhone, and the iPad.

Because if Stadia was already available on PCs, TVs with Chromecast Ultra 4K, Android smartphones and tablets as well as Macs, from this Wednesday 16th December you can now play on iPhone and iPad in a beta version. However, there is a little subterfuge: you have to use the Safari browser to access the platform as a web app.

THE SAME EXPERIENCE AS ON ANDROID

Once launched, Stadia on iOS differs very little from Stadia on Android, except that Android gamers can take advantage of the dedicated mobile app and not have to resort to a browser. There is always a Home section with the list of games in your possession, but not the list of your screenshots. You will need to go to the Stadia app to find them (without being able to play! You can’t do everything…).

The Safari version does not however have the “Discover” tab which includes YouTube videos, the latest news, the Forum. During our beta testing phase, we did not find a trace of this tab elsewhere.

Because if the options of your Profile (icon at the top right) are not exactly the same as in Android, we nevertheless find the same information but grouped differently (the Name and avatar menus Stadia, Privacy, Purchases and subscriptions, Family, Performance, Notifications, Redeem a code… are in the Stadia Settings section).

HOW TO PLAY?

If you downloaded the Google Stadia mobile app on the iPhone or iPad, it doesn’t allow you to play directly as it does on Android. No more than the Chrome browser yet accessible on Mac to directly launch the games. Apple has defended itself well against any use that would go beyond its scope on its star products. Like Xbox and its xCloud offer via Game Pass Ultimate, Google’s cloud gaming service should have offered a listing for each game in the App Store if it had wanted to get into the good graces of the Apple brand. . Too tedious, so we had to find a subterfuge.

And for this, Google has obtained from Apple the right to use its Safari browser. By typing the address, you will be able to access the universe and your account or create one if you do not have one.

Tip

Consider adding a shortcut from the Stadia page to Home on your iPhone or iPad. To do this, once on the Safari Stadia page, tap on the share icon in the bottom navigation bar and choose “On the home screen”. Give the icon a name and it will be added to your apps. It will then be easier to access the service later.

CYBERPUNK 2077, THE WINNER OF STADIA

Taking advantage of the parallel release of Cyberpunk 2077, we decided to use the CD Projekt Red set as a test medium. The Witcher dads blockbuster could be the support of the service by offering the possibility for players to enjoy a title that was going to take up a lot of our time on any medium at hand and therefore at any time. Successful bet? Rather.

As on Android, it is possible to play Cyberpunk 2077 on iOS whether you are in 4G, 5G, or Wi-Fi, the connection obviously recommended. If you’re a Stadia Pro subscriber, you even get 4K resolution on compatible media. As much to tell you straight away that the iPhone as the iPad remains confined to 1080p maximum. It is specified that with this resolution if you want to play in 4G, your package will take a serious hit (estimated consumption 12.6 GB / hour). But Safari is starting to support 4K HDR and Dolby Vision content, especially for Netflix and YouTube. Fingers crossed that Stadia will soon have the right to take full advantage of the performance offered on mobile devices and not just on Mac.

You can connect a wireless compatible controller (including DualShock4 or Xbox Controller). Operating the Stadia controller is more complex, as it is not recognized in Bluetooth. You will therefore not be able to play with a 4G connection in particular.

Otherwise, you can opt for touch controls on the iPhone. A fairly practical possibility until you have to test your reflexes in a sequence of shots and it is never easy. It will take a lot of dexterity to use in particular the touch triggers.

On an iPhone 12 Pro Max, two borders appear to frame the gaming area, including the notch with the TrueDepth camera, and we do not take full advantage of the 6.7-inch screen. But it’s still comfortable enough to play. Obviously, it is even more so on the iPad with a controller.

TIME-SAVING AND MULTI-SUPPORT

Among the advantages put forward by Stadia was the startup without loading time and it is indeed the case. We save 30 to 40 seconds to launch the game compared to the Xbox One X (probably a little less with new generation consoles). If the consoles have stuck their tongue out to make the future-apocalyptic world of Night City go-round, the PCs are doing better and the game on Stadia, close to the latter in terms of performance, is doing with honors.

Cyberpunk 2077 is fluid, graphically pleasant, and above all devoid of crashes. As for the bugs, we hardly encountered any, except those specific to all versions and which do not depend on the power of the platform (ah the famous bug of cars that have trouble crossing paths with each other). coherently …). The dystopian universe a Blade Runner, sometimes a little brighter it must be admitted, the neon lights galore like the 1980s or the dilapidated state of this decadent vision of our society, everything comes out and creates an atmosphere that is both intriguing, enticing, and terribly distressing (who wants such a future?).

For those who would not have necessarily followed the framework of Cyberpunk 2077, know that you will have to embody V (he or she, according to your choice and the physique, the features that you want to give him). Pick him a group with his attributes (Nomad, Gosse de Rue, Corpo) and off to Night City plagued by gang wars while being dominated by a mega-conglomerate that has also taken power. You will witness the murder of Saburo Arasaka, the big boss, and find yourself at the heart of a generalized confusion, between espionage, betrayal, and transhumanism. With Keanu Reeves as a guest as your virtual sidekick Johnny Silverhand. Cyberpunk 2077is inspired by a tabletop role-playing game transformed into an open-world action-RPG game. It will clearly draw its gameplay from the side of the Deus Ex franchise.

MORE EFFICIENT THAN ON PS4, CLOSER TO THE PC

Visually, the game is much more beautiful on Chromecast Ultra and TV than on the console version (certainly less so for the moment than we were entitled to hope but it will come). On iPhone and iPad, it defends itself very well and we have the possibility of playing a greedy game without waving our device. A significant advantage of releasing a bit of traditional mobile games. But above all, on a game as addicting as Cyberpunk 2077, the very principle of cloud gaming is of great interest: start the game on your TV, continue it on your smartphone or iPhone, to better resume it on a tablet or PC if you have it handy. It’s a pleasure to be able to take advantage of every moment and every medium as you wish, especially in continuity, to start again exactly at the point where you had saved it.

It should have been poor compared to other platforms, but the arrival of the most anticipated game of the year on Stadia is a good thing. Especially with all the concerns encountered by other non-PC versions. The first patch deployed by CD Projekt Red has already benefited Stadia without the player noticing. This is one of the attractions of cloud gaming: everything is transparent and the power is adjusted.

The port of Cyberpunk 2077 is a great success, moreover, and the experience is exactly the same, less crashes and texture problems. Google is not even bragging, in the middle of the storm crossed by the game and its setbacks. A strange attitude when you know how much Stadia has been taunted since its release. Proof of the enthusiasm, however: the platform had to stop its promotional offer around the game in advance, for lack of sufficient stocks.

I enjoy playing games, and gaming is a passion of mine. Among my favorite games are Tears of the Kingdom, GTA, and Cyberpunk.

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