Google is promising a “great future” for Stadia and assures gamers that more games are to come. This statement comes after a recent report that the company is shifting its focus away from the consumer side of the platform.
Instead, it will be placing it into a back-end service called Google Stream, in an effort to license the streaming technologies behind it to other companies. However, many in the industry are viewing this as a demotion and theorize that Stadia will be nothing more than a technology platform to power up other services.
When Stadia was first introduced to the world, it brought hopes for a game streaming service, backed by Google, that would rival the likes of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. What ended up happening was a case of overpromising and under-delivering.
The promise of Stadia was every gamer’s dream—the ability to play your games on any device without any lag thanks to Google’s powerful cloud servers. After dealing with so many hiccups since launch, though, the company itself seems to have thrown in the towel. The hope for a comeback into cloud gaming is all but non-existent now.
While it is technically true that Stadia still has a great future ahead, it won’t be the one that Google nor gamers had envisioned for it. Also, since its internal development team and game studio have already been shut down, it’s not the same branch anymore. Google is already eyeing a partnership with exercise equipment and media company Peleton for a possible game called Lanebreak.