Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
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Players won't lose purchases if games publishers leave Google Stadia

Players won't lose purchases if games publishers leave Google Stadia

The Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service offered by Google and it is said to support streaming of video games on 4K resolutions at 60 FPS, but this remains to be seen when the service gets launched later this year.

According to Google, once a gamer buys a title on Stadia, it will continue to remain available for them even if it's withdrawn from the platform for new buyers.

As pointed out by 9to5Google, a Stadia FAQ page on the Google Support site has been updated with more answers.

The promise Google Stadia sells is a world where you can play your games no matter where you are or what device you're using. Stadia would also follow Apple in having a subscription offering (Stadia Pro and Apple Music) as well as a storefront (purchases and iTunes) to give people more options for this new approach to game distribution. In any scenario, users who have already purchased a title on Stadia need not worry about the title disappearing. Once you sign up, you will receive a redemption code.

Developers could be looking to experiment their titles with Stadia and later decide to pull the game because they might not see a lot of money in it or because competing for cloud-based platforms could outbid Stadia for exclusive rights for the title. Stadia will feature multiplayer games from the start in November.

Google also addressed a few more questions surrounding the Stadia Controller, starting with its compatibility on other platforms.

The search giant adds that the Stadia Controller uses Bluetooth Low Energy for the initial setup and then connects via Wi-Fi for gaming.

- We can also connect the controller to a phone, tablet or PC using a USB cable connected to the USB-C port. But the update FAQs section now says Pixel 3 and 3a smartphones will be able to play the service as well as tablets running Chrome OS. It will be interesting to see how this service evolves beyond launch, but for now - we have devices and we have the full list of games that will be available on day one. About VR support, however, Google says it doesn't have anything to share about that yet.

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