The premise of a cloud-based gaming/streaming platform may sound revolutionary to some, but at the same time it’s a concept that is far from perfect. Of course, the main factor has to do with the comfort of gaming, which is still far behind consoles or PCs, especially since cloud-based gaming platforms require a sufficient internet connection to reach large quotas. Google Stadia tried to push the concept forward in 2019, but it ended up with less than ideal reception until it was finally confirmed that they would be shutting down all their services in the near future.
The announcement was made directly by Stadia VP and GM Phil Harrison, in which he conveyed a bit about the history of how this ambitious platform was born and why they closed it. As expected, Harrison revealed that Stadia failed to capture the interest of many players and generally fell short of their expectations. Of course, that’s not surprising, especially since they closed their in-house studio Stadia Games & Entertainment last February.
As a form of compensation, they will refund all Stadia hardware purchased through the Google Store. This also includes all games and other add-ons purchased through its platform-only store. A reassuring and very professional assurance indeed, especially how they work hard to keep the platform relevant to not hesitate to acknowledge the low interest Stadia is getting.
Specifically, Stadia will begin shutting down on January 18, 2023. So, until then, players can still access the platform and their game collection as usual. Meanwhile, all refund applications are also scheduled to be completed by mid-January 2023.You can check out more details about the announcement itself in their official post here.
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