Google's new game streaming service, Google Stadia, will launch in November. Unlike traditional Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo consoles, Stadia is a streaming service with no local hardware outside the controller. That is, everything happens in the cloud. Of course, people want to know what happens when Stadia is shut down, as was the case with many other Google products in the past.
At today's Reddit AMA, Stadia's Product Director Andrey Doronichev said this was a question the team receives lot. And he understands how people might be afraid to move into the cloud.
"I hear you, moving into the cloud is scary," he said. "It was the same when I transitioned from music to files to streaming, I still have all my old CDs in the garage … although it's hard to find a CD player these days :)"
Doronichev continued: Photos and documents have generally been moved to the cloud, and that has generally gone well. The same can apply to games, he said.
"The same thing happened with movies and photos and my documents and other files … And it's great! Games are no different, after all, all our games will be safe in the cloud and we'll feel great," Doronichev said , "We have invested a lot in technology, infrastructure and partnerships in recent years, nothing is safe in life, but we are determined to make Stadia a success."
Doronichev added that Google Stadia will accept the "Takeout" from day one, allowing players to download the metadata of their games, including the saved games, but games can not be downloaded by themselves. players may not be able to access their games.
"Of course it's okay to doubt my words," Doronichev said. "There's nothing I can say now to convince you if you can not do. But we can start the service and continue to invest in it in the coming years. Just like we did with gmail, docs, music, movies and photos. That's exactly what we are committed to.
Concern over ownership of games and ongoing game support is not limited to Stadia, and older console and PC games servers are often shut down over time as developers shift their focus to newer titles. While physical media is still important in the gaming industry, digital technology is becoming increasingly important over time.
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