Stadia is a cloud gaming service first launched in 2019 that is operated by Google and is accessible through Chromecast Ultra and Android TV devices.
Rather than running games on the device itself, like traditional home consoles, they run on one of the company's numerous data centres and stream the game’s video and audio feed back to the user.
This requires a very low latency internet connection for the games to feel smooth and responsive on the user’s end, something which Google cannot guarantee for every user.
“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,” Google’s Stadia VP Phil Harrison said in a blog post.
“The underlying technology platform that powers Stadia has been proven at scale and transcends gaming. We see clear opportunities...