In a few days, Google will bury the Stadia (test) cloud gaming service, which launched in the fall of 2019. Ironically, this breathes new life into the console – it is also surprising that the developers are treating the end with a free game.
It ended on Wednesday
While Nvidia announced just a few days ago that it wanted to expand its game streaming offering with GeForce Now Ultimate with a new tariff with GeForce RTX 4080 performance (testing), Google is slamming its cloud gaming service after a good three years of uptime again. Next Wednesday, January 18, 2023, it’s time: Stadia’s servers will finally shut down at 8:59 PM. The move was announced at the end of September 2022; Google cited the continued low number of users as the reason. Players receive a full refund on all purchases, whether hardware or software.
Off frees consoles from their Bluetooth shackles
And speaking of hardware: anyone who wants to use Stadia can purchase in-platform with a bundle consisting of Google Chromecast Ultra and a Stadia controller. The latter is a gamepad complete with two analog sticks, a gamepad, four buttons and four shoulder buttons, which, unlike Stadia, can only be used via cable. The controllers have a Bluetooth chip; However, it is not yet able to connect to a peripheral device.
However, the developers want to change that – also in response to numerous requests from gamers – when the platform is shut down: over the next week, a tool will be published with which users can use their Stadia controller’s Bluetooth chip to connect to mobile devices, for example, or but She can unlock the computer. Google plans to announce details soon.
There is one last match to say goodbye
At the same time, the developers are pointing to one last “new” game that’s now available for free to all Stadia users. It comes to this worm gamethrough which Google’s cloud gaming platform was internally tested prior to its commercial launch.
Now, on Stadia, you can play the game that came before the platform itself. We used the game with the modest name “Worm Game” before the launch of the platform from 2019 to 2022 to test various functions of Stadia. While it won’t be Game of the Year, the Stadia team has put a lot of time into it and now we want to share it with you. Thank you for playing on Stadia.
Google failed with Stadia
With Stadia, Google wanted to create its own gaming service to compete with cloud gaming alternatives from Microsoft, Sony or Nvidia and thus also compete with PlayStation and Xbox game consoles. Stadia was available for Android and iOS, but current games must also be streamed via the browser. However, customers had to buy these outright from Stadia, even if they already owned the titles on Steam, EA Access, or Ubisoft Connect, for example. This is where Stadia differs from alternatives like GeForce Now or Shadow.
It has been said for a long time that Stadia is over. As early as February 2021, Google stopped developing its own titles for Stadia stadiums to “To focus on the future of the platformThat was the logic at the time.
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