Xbox Cloud Gaming competitor Google Stadia shutting down

By Heidi Nicholas,

Google is "winding down" its Xbox Cloud Gaming competitor Google Stadia, with the service to close next January. Google will also refund Stadia hardware purchases from the Google Store and content purchases from the Stadia store.

Google has confirmed that the end is in sight for its Stadia service, with users able to play until January 18th, 2023. Google Stadia's vice president and general manager Phil Harrison has confirmed that Stadia hardware purchases from the Google Store wil be refunded, as will content purchases from the Stadia store. Harrison says Google expects to have "the majority of refunds completed" by the middle of January 2023.
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Google is "winding down" Google Stadia

"A few years ago, we also launched a consumer gaming service, Stadia. And while Stadia's approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn't gained the traction with users that we expected so we’ve made the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service," says Harrison (thanks, The Verge).

"We’re grateful to the dedicated Stadia players that have been with us from the start. We will be refunding all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, and all game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia store," Harrison continues, adding that "players will continue to have access to their games library and play through January 18, 2023 so they can complete final play sessions. We expect to have the majority of refunds completed by mid-January, 2023."

Google Stadia was announced only a few years ago in March 2019, with players wondering how much of a threat it might pose to Microsoft and PlayStation.

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Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Heidi tends to lean towards indie games, RPGs, and open-world games on Xbox, and when not playing Disney Dreamlight Valley, happily installs every new wholesome game that appears on Xbox Game Pass, before diving back into favorites like The Witcher 3. She's looking forward to Age of Mythology Retold, Everwild, Fable, and Avowed on the Xbox horizon. Heidi graduated with an MA in English Literature before joining the TrueAchievements team.
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