Google Stamia ends service in January next year
Google announced that it will end its cloud gaming service 'Stamina' on January 18, 2023.
Phil Harrison, vice president of Google, who is in charge of Stadia, mentioned on the 29th on the 29th on the Google blog about Stamina's end and related contents. In the blog, he said that Stamina stops the service of because he did not attract the attention of users as expected.
Stamina was the first cloud gaming service unveiled at GDC in March 2019, and has launched the service since November 2019. As the game is driven by using the communication network after launch, the base service that is free to offer the game's performance is actively promoted in the cloud gaming that can be run by up to 1080p resolution, 60fps, and stereo sound.
In particular, Stadia Pro appealed to users, saying that it can be played in full 4K environment regardless of the device, such as up to 4K resolution, 60fps, and 5.1 surround sound quality, with $9.99 per month. Meanwhile, he acquired Typhoon Studios to develop exclusive works and attracted attention by securing lineups such as Ghost Recon: Break Point and Destiny 2's Stadia's release edition 'Destiny 2: The Collection'.
However, unlike other cloud gaming services, the base plan that can be used free of charge for the model that purchases a game is less competitive without any discounts and free gameplay support. In February 2021, Jade Raymond, vice president of Stamina Game and Entertainment, left and announced the suspension of the production of exclusive content in Stamina. And on January 18, 2023, the service ended.
Phil Harrison also announced the announcement of the service through the blog and announced the contents of refunds. Google will run a refund tank for all stamina hardware, games, and add-on content purchased through the store in 2023, and the game and hardware purchase will be stopped immediately after the service termination notice is raised. Stamina professional subscribers can continue the game in the Stamina professional environment without paying additional charges until the end date. For more information on refunds and return procedures for Stamina hardware, and pre-order return processing, please visit the Google Customer Center.