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.
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. 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.
Another Google product announced with much fanfare is shutting down, as many, many people expected it would be. It seems Google is at least handling the refunds properly, and I hope the Stadia controllers can still be used with other platforms so they don’t turn into e-waste.
Another one for the graveyard.
According to these links, the stadia controllers implement a standard USB HID device, so they can be used wired. However wireless functionality is locked into google’s service.
Given that it is a wireless controller, some owners may consider a controller without wireless functionality to be as good as dead for them. Google could release a final update to unlock full functionality, however my gut feeling is that google will not unlock these controllers to work wirelessly outside of stadia.
It’s more likely for google to follow its past precedent and just let the hardware die with the service.