Hot Wheels Unleashed Joins Stadia, Just In Time For Stadia To Shut Down

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Hot Wheels Unleashed, one of Milestone's recent tiles, finally made it onto the ill-fated Google Stadia cloud gaming platform. Just hours later, Stadia announced it would shut down at the start of next year.

Mattel and Milestone probably didn't anticipate this. Stadia, Google's cloud gaming platform, will cease operations on January 18th, 2023, less than 4 years after its inception.

But not only the Italian Milestone will be affected by this closure. Racing games like MotoGP, Wreckfest or Monster Energy Supercross will not be available to stream through Google's Service.

Now while the reasons for this development may be manifold, other services just gained the edge through plain better offers.

With competitors like NVidia GeForce Now or the Xbox Games Pass, the combination of those services might just be ahead of its time.

However you may think the future of gaming will develop, streaming will likely become an ever larger part of the whole. With less and less actual ownership of the software being accepted by end-users and internet connections becoming increasingly better, the future of this scene seems all but stuck going in this direction.

Stadia, as pretty much the first service to offer widespread cloud gaming, missed its mark, though, and will be forgotten as a footnote in gaming history.

Have you used Google Stadia? Are you surprised about its shutdown? Let us know in the comments down below!
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To me this feels like if they released Project CARS 1 on the Ouya or Grand Prix 2 on the Virtual Boy (not saying either would run on those consoles obviously but still releasing a game like this on a console that was on it's death bed when it first came out letalone 4 years from now is definetely a funny concept)
 
I remember the day Stadia was announced; within minutes 4Chan's video game board brought up the obvious latency and quality issues that would arise.

Almost everything they speculated, came true and the console's lifespan was a complete disaster.

Makes me curious as to how a megacompany like Google was convinced to spend an enormous amount of money engineering an idea that bored teenagers on the internet rightfully pointed out would not work and be a colossal failure.
 
On the plus side it is one on the PS Plus Essential tier ”free” games next month if you are also on console.
 
Makes me curious as to how a megacompany like Google was convinced to spend an enormous amount of money engineering an idea that bored teenagers on the internet rightfully pointed out would not work and be a colossal failure.
Because most companies are managed by arrogant incompetents who don't listen to their specialists. And programmers who are actually working on it, just go: "Fine, f**k it, I'll make it if you say so..." Happens always when marketing people are in charge of something. :roflmao:
 
Google were ill advised with Stadia. It was a solution for problem that didn't exist. Console gamers wanted to stick with their allegiances and pc gamers got a pc for the freedom of pc gaming.
 
I hadn’t even heard of this before, but I seriously doubt I would have used it even if I did. I was into that kind of racing on my phone 8 or 9 years ago got tired the teleporting and lag. So I switched to pc racing, and after I got my first wheel and peddles, I never looked back.
 
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Because most companies are managed by arrogant incompetents who don't listen to their specialists. And programmers who are actually working on it, just go: "Fine, f**k it, I'll make it if you say so..." Happens always when marketing people are in charge of something. :roflmao:
Seriously... marketing departments ruin everything.
 

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