Google Stadia Is Officially Shutting down
Given that Google Stadia is a very new gaming streaming service, it would be safe to argue that it wouldn’t be able to compete with services like Xbox Cloud Gaming in terms of popularity. As a result, there were some concerns that Google would eventually discontinue the service; however, this was confirmed in a recent announcement.
Google Stadia’s Life Is Coming to an End
The service will no longer be available after January 18, 2023, according to Google Stadia Vice President Phil Harrison. Users will have until that date to enjoy the service. Hardware for Stadia bought from the Google Store, like the Stadia Controller, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV bundles, will also be refunded.
In addition, Stadia Store purchases of games and add-on material will also be reimbursed. By the middle of January, the entire process is anticipated to be finished. Refunds are not available for Stadia Pro subscriptions or purchases made from outside vendors. This is not shocking because Stadia wasn’t truly the preferred game streaming service among gamers. Google also recognized this. “And while Stadia’s approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the traction with users that we expected, so we’ve made the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service,” says Harrison in an official post.
However, three months have passed since Google denied claims that it was canceling Stadia, so the situation has changed! The IT behemoth closed its Stadia Game Development Studio last year. The Stadia Store has also been shut down by Google, and new game purchases are no longer permitted. There will be no more pre-orders in the future. While Stadia customers will still have a few months to enjoy the games, Google anticipates some titles will have gameplay issues. For the majority of games, it is also feasible to transfer game progress to another platform.
This does not, however, imply that Google will stop supporting gaming. It will keep utilizing Stadia’s technology for its AR project as well as YouTube and the Google Play Store. Additionally, it will continue to offer the same services to third parties like AT&T through the recently announced Immersive Stream for Games. We’re interested in seeing what Google has in store for the gaming industry going forward. We’ll let you know when there are any updates.