It was announced during the 2019 Game Developers Conference that Google’s own cloud-based gaming service, Google Stadia, will be discontinued less than three years later. The launch lineup for the service included titles such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Destiny 2
After the original launch period of six months, Google provided its service at no cost. Subsequently, the company created a subscription plan with fees of ten dollars per month. According to reports, Google attempted to entice gamers by running various promos, but none of their efforts were successful.
In a blog post that was published by Google on Thursday, Phil Harrison, the vice president, and the general manager of Stadia mentioned that the service is going to be shut down on January 18, 2023, due to a lack of traction among players and an underwhelming response to the cloud-gaming service. This decision was made due to the fact that players have not shown much enthusiasm for the cloud-gaming service.
Harrison also indicated that users will receive a refund for their purchases of the Stadia hardware and games if they had previously enrolled in the service. We regret to inform you that there will be no refunds for Stadia Pro memberships.
We’re grateful to the dedicated Stadia players that have been with us from the startPhil Harrison
We will be refunding all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, and all game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia store. Players will continue to have access to their games library and play through January 18, 2023, so they can complete the final play sessions. We expect to have the majority of refunds completed by mid-January, 2023. We have more details for players on this process in our Help Center.Phil Harrison
Google has indicated that current Stadia customers would be able to continue playing their games on Stadia until January 18, 2023, despite the fact that there may be certain problems with the games.
Harrison added that Google would continue investing in new tools and technologies for gaming and work toward achieving a respectable position in the gaming business despite the fact that the Google Stadia service will be discontinued.
In Regards to Google Stadia
Google is the company behind the cloud gaming platform known as Stadia, which the company also operates. It can be accessed through Chromecast Ultra and Android TV devices, on personal computers through the Google Chrome web browser and other Chromium-based browsers, on Chromebooks and tablets running Chrome OS, and through the Stadia mobile app on supported Android smartphones. Chromebooks and tablets running Chrome OS are also supported.
As a result of the plethora of data centers that the firm operates, Stadia is able to broadcast video games to users at resolutions as high as 4K, with frame rates of up to 60, and with support for high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology.
You have the choice of either purchasing games from the company’s shop in order to broadcast them or playing a selection of games that are available without charge. On January 18, 2023, the service will be discontinued permanently.