Google announced today it will shutting down the Stadia streaming service. The cloud gaming service launched in 2019 and while streaming may very well be the way of the future, the future is not quite now.
In a message posted today, Stadia VP and General Manager Phil Harrison acknowledged that Stadia had not gained the traction they expected. So Google is pulling the plug on it.
Stadia will officially shut down on January 18, 2023. Players will continue to have access to their games library and be able to play those games until that date.
Stadia was designed to be played through any devices capable of connecting to the internet, be it PC or Mac, phone or tablet. However, in some cases, Stadia required gamers to play with the special Stadia controller.
In a surprising move, Google confirmed it will be offering refunds for all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store. This includes the Stadia Controller, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages. If you purchased hardware through Google, you will not need to return it. More specific details on how to obtain a refund will come in a few weeks. Additionally, any software transactions, such as game and add-on purchases, will also be refunded.
Unfortunately, Stadia Pro subscriptions will not be refunded. This subscription service provided access to a collection of games to play on the Stadia as well as 4K HDR gameplay and 5.1 surround sound. Although Google won’t be refunding Stadia Pro subscriptions, anyone who has an active subscription as of September 29 will continue to be able to access their Pro library free of charge until Stadia shuts down.
With Stadia now confirmed to shut down in the coming months, the Stadia Store is now closed. You are unable to purchase any games or make in-game transactions.
Although Google Stadia has failed, the technology behind it will be used to improve Google’s other ventures like YouTube, Google Play and Augmented Reality. Google reiterated its commitment to the gaming industry.