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RIP Google Stadia: the latest news on the discontinued cloud gaming service

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Stadia will shut down on January 18th, 2023. Here, you’ll find the latest developments on the service as its winds down as well as pieces from our writers on its impact (or lack of it) on the gaming and tech industry.

Google announced on September 29th, 2022, that its Stadia cloud game streaming service will be terminated in late January 2023. You can no longer make purchases through the platform, and notably, Google is offering refunds to gamers for everything that they might have purchased during its three-year existence: controllers, games, and all.

Despite coming to a close (which many predicted given Google’s tendency to kill projects instead of letting them fizzle out), Google arguably succeeded at delivering on its promise of bringing cloud game streaming to a bunch of screens before Microsoft, Sony, and Amazon had formal plans to do the same. It was also novel in the industry for being a platform that didn’t require any hardware buy-in on the side of the user; you could plug a controller you already owned into your computer and get started by launching Google Chrome. Here’s our original review from 2019, for old times’ sake.

We’re taking a look back and a look forward to dig more into Stadia while we still can. You’ll find all posts about the death of Stadia — and possibly the remnants of it that will live on — rounded up in this StoryStream.

  • Jan 13, 2023, 9:23 PM UTCTom Warren

    Google’s Stadia developers are also adding one last game to the service just five days before it’s due to shut down. The tool to enable Bluetooth on the Stadia Controller arrives next week.

  • T-minus one week until Google Stadia shuts down.

    The cloud gaming service is going away for good on January 18th at 11:59PM PT, so you’ve got a few more days to play your games. Certain titles and publishers will let you carry over your progression to other platforms, so if you want to do that, check out our guide.

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    Ubisoft is officially starting to hand out PC copies of purchased Stadia games.

    People who bought Ubisoft games on Stadia games recently began seeing PC copies appear in their Ubisoft Connect accounts, and now Ubisoft has shared some official details about the process. In short: if you own an Ubisoft game on Stadia, you’ll get a PC copy for free (with five exceptions, according to an FAQ).

    If you want to keep playing your games in the cloud, Ubisoft is throwing in a month of GeForce NOW Priority Membership access for “all Ubisoft customers on Stadia.” But if you want to play them on Stadia, you’ll have less than a month to do so: the service shuts down for good on January 18th.

  • Google starts rolling out Stadia refunds in Europe and Canada.

    Google started processing Stadia refunds in the US last week ahead of its imminent shutdown, but now it looks like they’re starting to arrive for users in other parts of the world.

    A report from 9to5Google indicates that people in the UK, Canada, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Poland, and other European countries are starting to get their money back on Stadia subscriptions, games, and add-ons.

  • Oct 12, 2022, 1:06 PM UTCJay Peters

    Stadia is shutting down, and if you want to continue any Cyberpunk 2077 progress you made on Stadia, you can download your save files using Google Takeout and bring them to PC

  • Sep 30, 2022, 11:00 AM UTCMitchell Clark

    People have been wondering if Stadia would stick around basically since it launched. Google had offered plenty of reassurances, but turns out that they didn’t mean much.

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