Google Stadia, players have a solution to "recycle" the pad

During the day on Thursday, Google has announced the closure of Google Stadia. The news took several users by surprise, especially considering that Alphabet itself had declared that the service was absolutely not at risk of being stopped. Unfortunately this was not the case and now the players are simply waiting for the definitive closure of the service (set for January 18, 2023) and any refunds.

If there are no problems with regard to games, it is a different matter for the hardware. Paradoxically, the closure of Google Stadia involves a small mistake regarding the disposal of the console and controllers. Google currently does not want pads and consoles to be returned, so players will be forced to tender. And for some users perhaps the best solution would be recycling the pad. No, we are not talking about bringing the hardware to an ecological center, but about making the controller firmware open source, in such a way as to make it compatible with other consoles as well.

At present, there are several reasons why users would like to be able to use the Google controller on other consoles and on PC. The most important concerns comfort: if the service has never caught on, in reality the pad is decidedly well made and very few would actually like to be deprived of it. The hope therefore is that Google will somehow be able to listen to users who will be orphaned by the service.

Google Stadia was launched in 2019. The service was unable to establish itself immediately, so much so that in 2021 in Mountain View they decided to dismantle the first party division, focusing exclusively on third party deals. One of the many errors that inevitably led to the termination of the service, which will end next year. Keep following Tom's Hardware for all the news and upcoming announcements from the world of video games.

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