Goodbye, Stadia! Google has set a date for the end of its game-in-the-cloud service

Goodbye, Stadia! Google has set a date for the end of its game-in-the-cloud service

Stadia never really caught on. Even though it has been around since November 2019, Google’s plan to put games in the cloud has run into a lot of problems and the public isn’t very interested in it. The tech giant tried to change in order to stay in business, and it denied rumours that it might shut down. But today, we know that this platform will no longer be used.

Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Stadia, said in a statement released a few minutes ago, “While Stadia’s approach to streaming consumer games was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the traction with users we’d hoped for, so we’ve made the hard decision to start winding down our Stadia streaming service.”

Stadia hasn’t attracted users as intended

“We will refund all purchases of Stadia hardware made through the Google Store as well as all purchases of games and extra content made through the Stadia store,”

the manager says in his message

“Players will be able to play their games and use their game libraries until January 18, 2023, so they can finish their last game sessions. We think that most refunds will be done by the middle of January 2023.”

Not the end of tech

What will happen with the technology behind Stadia? It looks like Google already has plans to use its project to its fullest potential in other ways:

“The technology platform that powers Stadia has been tested on a large scale and can be used for more than just games. We can easily see how this technology could be used in other places. from Google, like YouTube, Google Play, and our Augmented Reality (AR) efforts, and make it available to our industry partners. This is in line with where we think the future of gaming is going.”

Phil Harrison

Harrison thanks everyone who supported Stadia and promises Google will invest in “new tools, technologies, and platforms”

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Of course, this is bad news for people who used cloud gaming a lot. But it’s important to remember that Stadia didn’t have the best future. After all, in 2021 he gave up his internal studies in favor of deals with outside publishers. This made us think that the project wasn’t going in the right direction.

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