Engadget: Your Google Stadia controller won’t be a paperweight after the service shuts down

Engadget: Your Google Stadia controller won’t be a paperweight after the service shuts down. “Google is giving Stadia users some consolation prizes before the game streaming service shuts down on January 18th. To start, it’s planning to release a tool that will enable Bluetooth support on the Stadia controller. You’ll have to wait until next week to download it, but this should make the device useful for just about any title that has gamepad support, so long as the platform recognizes the hardware in the first place.”

The Verge: Google Stadia is shutting down soon, so transfer your games and saves while you can

The Verge: Google Stadia is shutting down soon, so transfer your games and saves while you can. “Google Stadia, the company’s not-long-for-this-world cloud gaming service, will be shutting down for good on January 18th. (Specifically, January 18th at 11:59PM PT, Google spokesperson Patrick Seybold confirmed to The Verge.) While the shutdown means that you’re about to lose access to all of your titles and saves on Stadia, many publishers have shared ways to bring your purchases and progress to other platforms so you can keep playing your games.”

TechCrunch: Amid growing concerns from third-party developers, Twitter shuts down Toolbox and other projects

TechCrunch: Amid growing concerns from third-party developers, Twitter shuts down Toolbox and other projects . “Historically, Twitter has had a tumultuous relationship with the third-party developer community. But in the last few years, the company has tried to appease the developer community with projects like a new API release and the ‘Twitter Toolbox’ collection to highlight some of the projects. However, under Elon Musk’s management, some of these programs are closing down — starting with Twitter Toolbox.”

Gizmodo: Google Hangouts Is Finally Ready to Die

Gizmodo: Google Hangouts Is Finally Ready to Die. “Google is just about ready to let Hangouts die its famously long death, and the company is asking users to not look back as they mosey on over to Google Chat. It’s the end of an era, of sorts, namely the wasted time the tech giant spent trying to make an all-in-one dedicated call and messaging app work within its vast suite of native apps.”

WIRED: Stadia Is Dying. Here’s What’s in Your Refund and How to Get It

WIRED: Stadia Is Dying. Here’s What’s in Your Refund and How to Get It. “IT TOOK LONGER than skeptics might’ve guessed, but Google Stadia is finally shutting down. On January 18, 2023, anyone who bought games on the streaming service will lose access to their library. To compensate people who invested in the ecosystem, Google will be giving Stadia users a full refund—quite an unprecedented move. If you bought a game on Stadia at any point since its launch, you might have questions. Here’s how it’s all going to play out.”

XDA: If Google wants to be taken seriously, it needs to find ways to assure users it won’t kill new products

XDA: If Google wants to be taken seriously, it needs to find ways to assure users it won’t kill new products. “Google’s biggest issue is that its own brand is now associated with killing services that don’t start on the right foot. If people are afraid to invest in Stadia (for fear of it shutting down), then it’s only going to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Obviously, people wouldn’t want to invest in a service that everyone sees is doomed to fail. It’s clear that Google needs to find a way past that perception. The problem is: how?”

NME: Developers had no idea Google Stadia was shutting down

NME: Developers had no idea Google Stadia was shutting down. “Yesterday (September 29) Google announced it would be ‘winding down’ its cloud-based gaming service Stadia, but several developers have now revealed they were not told about the closure in advance – despite having games due out on the service.” Wow, that’s almost a Twitter-level disregard for third-party developers.

Polygon: Google Stadia is shutting down, for good

Polygon: Google Stadia is shutting down, for good. “Google is officially shutting down its ambitious game streaming project, Stadia, Phil Harrison, the vice president and general manager of Stadia, said in a blog post published Thursday. The announcement comes less than three years after the cloud-gaming console launched. Stadia will shut down in January 2023.” Google was denying this at the end of July.

9to5 Google: You can download Hangouts history via Google Takeout until January 1

9to5 Google: You can download Hangouts history via Google Takeout until January 1. “The only way to use classic Hangouts today is the website, but that’s set to go away in November. Ahead of that, Google is advising people to download Hangouts history via Takeout ‘because some of [their] conversations or portions of conversations won’t automatically migrate from Hangouts to Chat.’”