Google To Shut Down Its Stadia Gaming Service

Google has stated that its Stadia video game streaming service will cease operations on January 18, 2023. The search giant wrote in a new blog post that Stadia “hasn’t acquired the traction with users that we expected,” thus it has made the “difficult” choice to start shutting down the service. Users who have purchased hardware or games from Google and Stadia will be eligible for a refund.

“We cannot thank the early Stadia players enough for their unwavering support. All Google Store purchases of Stadia hardware and all Stadia Store purchases of games and DLC will be refunded in full.” Until January 18, players can still play games and access their libraries.

Review of Google Stadia

With Stadia, Google’s cloud gaming service, players can play AAA games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Cyberpunk 2077 in-browser or stream them from the cloud. This meant that as long as a user had access to Google Chrome, no actual hardware was required. However, players could invest in a specialized controller.

According to Google, the technology behind Stadia has already shown to be effective. The company has begun distributing Stadia as a white-label product, allowing other companies to use the technology without joining the Stadia ecosystem.

Google believes the technology will be used to power other areas of Google, such as YouTube, Google Play, and Augmented Reality, and AT&T has already put it to use by giving away Batman: Arkham Knight for free on their network.

The shutdown of Stadia will not signal the end of online gaming. The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are two cloud gaming services the two companies offer. Additionally, Logitech is developing a handheld device explicitly aimed at cloud-based gaming; they’re calling it the Logitech G.

Even if Stadia’s technology reduces latency and other streaming-based issues, and the experience of starting a game instantly on Chrome or Chromecast could feel magical, the service’s primary problem has always been its lackluster library and unfulfilled promises. Read our comprehensive review of Stadia to find out what we thought of it.