Google is shutting down its Stadia development studios, though Stadia games remain playable

    
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It comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has been paying even the smallest amount of attention that Google Stadia has been struggling to keep itself afloat. More bad news came for the streaming service today, as Kotaku announced that Google is shutting down its internal development studios for the platform, which means two studios (in Montreal and Los Angeles) will both be shuttered, affecting some 150 developers whom Google intends to seek homes for elsewhere within the company.

What does this mean if you’re a current or future Stadia gamer? You can continue playing all your games on Stadia and Stadia Pro, and we’ll continue to bring new titles from third parties to the platform. We’re committed to the future of cloud gaming, and will continue to do our part to drive this industry forward. Our goal remains focused on creating the best possible platform for gamers and technology for our partners, bringing these experiences to life for people everywhere.

While the Stadia service will continue, the focus now appears to be on partnering with other developers to bring out games for the platform, and woe betide many hopes of platform exclusives. Sources familiar with Stadia’s game development have cited the environment as being similar to Amazon’s own development efforts, which those with non-mayfly memories will note having also been revealed as something of a disaster; our condolences to any developers who don’t find a new home within Google’s corporate structure.

Source: Press release via Kotaku
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SwordBreaker35

Im not surprised I mean who in their right mind want to pay again for a game they already own just so they can pay monthly to rent a PC they can´t afford.

I use GeForce now to play the games I already paid for once. Games I know my PC can´t handle or Game my PC can handle but not on ultra settings. and it´s a cheaper option than buying a new pc which I don’t the economy for when I lost my job thanks to this pandemic heck even when I worked I did not have the money to spend willy nilly on a proper gaming PC hence why I still use my 9 year old PC today.

Stadia was stupid fist I shall pay monthly to rent a PC then pay again for games I own that´s just greedy but give it to companies to double dip if they got what they wanted they would love to see you pay 10 times for the same game.

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Brent Joseph Cornils

I don’t blame your misinformation because Google did a shit job at examining Stadia, but you don’t need to pay monthly for Stadia, you pay for the games you want and that’s it. No wait times, good image quality, plenty of CPU headroom (Cyberpunk ran great on Stadia) and uses your existing hardware and controllers instead of requiring Google hardware. But you made plenty of good points!

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Danny Smith

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Gipfeli

What bugs me most with those game streaming platforms is the lack of games. I have acquired a crapton of games on all kinds of different platforms already, which those streaming platforms don’t let me have access to. That’s why i was never really interested in Stadia / Geforce Now / XBox or whatever else there is.

What I’m much more interested in are Platforms like Shadow Blade, where you rent hardware and use them over cloud for a reasonable price. Actually it would be much cheaper to just rent the hardware instead of buying / upgrading it every few years.

It really all stands or falls with latency though. If I use a Shadow PC at home at 1080p/60fps and can’t tell if the mouse has any latency (my absolute pet peeve in gaming since ever!), then the tech has come far enough for me to completely switch to cloud gaming / desktopping

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Schmidt.Capela

Geforce Now makes available for streaming the games you already own on Steam, Epic, GOG, Origin, UPlay, and a few other partner stores and services; you don’t have to re-purchase anything. It doesn’t even try to directly sell you games.

Caveat: not all games available on those stores can be played through Geforce Now. After a number of publishers threw a tantrum that players were able to stream games without the publisher getting an extra cut, even though the customers had already paid for the game in the first place, NVidia made availability in the service opt-in, so publishers have to contact NVidia and ask for their games to be included.

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Gipfeli

I could not play all the games i had on Geforce Now.
What i could do: I was able to download games from Steam, that were not natively supported by Geforce Now and play it at that time.

If the stream ends and or you want to take a break for an hour and come back, you’ll see yourself downloading the whole game again, as you are directed to a new machine.

That is definitely not what i would want to do over and over.

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Jack Pipsam

What a horrific thing to happen to those developers, Stadia in many way showed signs of struggle from the start and Google has done little from my perspective to give confidence, but the least they could have done is at least finish what they’re working on instead of outright giving up and creating a job massacre in the process.

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Dankey Kang

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Jokerchyld

People blowing this out of proportion. They are shutting down internal development not stadia as a platform which is still viable.

Cloud gaming is the future and google is just realizing they are just not a gaming company. But that doesnt preclude them from being a cloud platform no different than steam.

Nothing to see here of note in my eyes other than the obvious of something I knew they couldnt do to begin with. Still vested in the platform.

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Jo Watt

Yea the idea is sound but there isn’t enough fiber connections or equivalent in place now to support this. It just needs more time.

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Franklin Adams

You must not have used Google services like say Reader, Play Music, Hangouts, Allo, Picasa, Panoramio, Wave, and many others. It’s not a good sign that a product has a future with them.

If a Google service starts to lose functionality, features, or the number of engineers or developers it’s a safe bet to say Google’s losing interest and that service will be off to the glue factory before long.

I will not be surprised at the beginning of the next fiscal year when Google announces that no new games will be added to the platform from it’s partners and they’ll begin to wind down Stadia operations over the next few months.

It’s how they do things, and it’s basically something to be expected from Google, their products besides AdSense, Search, and Gmail are ephemeral and will likely be shut down as soon as internal politics shift inside the company, and they do all the time.

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elenie

Not surprised about Stadia as a product, though I am pretty disappointed to hear it’s got its own sexist/toxic dev culture issues. I have no illusions that Google is better than any other company, but it’s just so depressing that nobody can get their act together in that respect. Bleh.

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Kanbe

Hey look, Google dropped another of their projects. Let me find my shocked face.

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Witches

Another tech giant learning that games are harder to make than they appear.

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