Where internet giant Google is concerned, the days of playing videogame consoles with a physical medium containing the game title you are playing, really are over and should be moved on from via means of cloud storage. True, companies like Sony and Microsoft do have cloud gaming services in their PlayStation Now and the Xbox’s Project XCloud, but their consoles retain the drives in which to insert physical copies of games. As all games for the upcoming Google Stadia are digitally stored in the cloud, there are concerns that developers could potentially remove what games they have available on the Stadia platform. To this, Google assures that nothing would change.
According to The Verge, Google has made clear what might happen if a company developing a game for the cloud-based Stadia would suddenly stop supporting the platform. To assuage fears that such games will get pulled out, Google explains that they will keep the game on their cloud platform. While new interested Stadia gamers can no longer buy a streaming license to play the game, those who already have done so will continue to enjoy the title even if the developers have ceased its support.
On their updated FAQ for the Stadia gaming service, Google notes: “Once you purchase the game, you own the right to play it. In the future, it is possible that some games may no longer be available for new purchases, but existing players will still be able to play the game.” The FAQ then adds that the Stadia will keep games purchased by gamers on their cloud storage barring any “unforeseen circumstances,” likely referring to developers that might insist on pulling their games out once they stop supporting the Stadia.
Google Stadia as a gaming service keeps its software library in cloud storage via remote server, to be streamed to gamers who have subscribed to the titles in question. Unlike a game that would either have a physical cartridge or disc container, or a digital download to a console’s own storage, the Stadia setup means a videogame publisher has less connect with the players and more with Google which provides the streaming platform. Thus it was a reasonable concern for potential Stadia adoptees if the developer and Google have creative differences, since they might lose access to games when they are pulled out. So far Google has not been able to establish more about their game streaming arrangement for Stadia.
What can be told now is that the Stadia service will launch this November for subscribers of the Founder’s Edition. Not until 2020 will the basic Stadia and Stadia Pro packages will become generally available.
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