Google has revealed that its cloud game streaming service, Stadia, will shut down early next year.
Specifically, Stadia will shut down its platform and end its online servers on January 18, 2023. After that, you will not be able to access the Stadia service under any circumstances. When it comes to your games and hardware, Google is offering refunds “for all purchases of Stadia hardware (Stadia controllers, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages) through the Stadia store,” according to one. FAQs published by Google today. It looks like the only aspect of Stadia that won’t be refunded is Stadia Pro subscriptions. However, you “will be able to continue playing your games in Pro at no additional cost until the final end date.”
If you’re hoping to get a refund for your hardware, Google says “most hardware purchases…made directly from Google” won’t require you to return your hardware. The company intends to process the majority of refunds before Stadia’s shutdown date of January 18.
The Stadia Store and all of its features have been disabled, so you will no longer be able to make Stadia-related purchases or in-game transactions.
Stadia’s closure isn’t the most surprising news. Despite the growing popularity of cloud gaming lately thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming initiative and others, Stadia has never really seemed to take off. The first big sign that Stadia might be coming soon to this world came back in February last year, when Google revealed it was ending its first-party game development and closing two studios. Then, in February, news broke that Google Stadia was allegedly deprioritized by the company. Now Stadia is just a few months away from making history. Bye, Stadia.
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