Google May Be In Legal Trouble Over Stadia 4K Gaming Claims

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Google may be in some legal trouble over the 4K gaming claims it made with Stadia since the platform's launch. Specifically it looks like Google may be looking at a class-action lawsuit over those claims.

Stadia, Google's cloud gaming platform, promises many things to its subscribers. Among them the 4K resolution for games if you pay for the Stadia Pro subscription that costs $9.99 a month. Since the very beginning people have complained about some games not looking 4K. And indeed some of them weren't. At least, not native 4K. And instead were upscaled to 4K instead of carrying that native resolution.

It wasn't until last October though that the Stadia legal trouble began with a class-action lawsuit.


Stadia legal trouble continues as the class-action lawsuit moves to federal court

The lawsuit was initially filed in October of 2020 in New York, and has since moved to New York federal court very recently.

Over on classaction.org, it explains that the lawsuit alleges Google was not being honest about the resolution quality of the streamed games. The breach-of-contract lawsuit is a 42-page document. And isn't limited to just Google. It also mentions Bungie, and id Software. Stating that the two developers in addition to Google lied to consumers.

Before Stadia launched, Google said that all games would be streaming in 4K resolution and have frame rates of 60fps. But that wasn't necessarily true for every game. And Google didn't change its claims on this until just before the November 19, 2019 release date.

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Google may have to display resolution and frame rate for each and every game

While this would depend on Google losing this case, if that happens it could end up having to display the resolution and the frame rate for each and every single game sold on the platform.

The intent here seems to be giving the subscribers more information on each game. Presumably so they could decide if it's worth picking up a title based on its resolution and frame rate. The lawsuit also seeks monetary damages for subscribers.

Meaning Google could have to refund past and current subscribers the amounts they paid for Founders Edition bundles that were required to access Stadia when it first launched. The lawsuit would essentially cover any person who purchased either the Founders or Premiere Editions of Stadia bundles, or subscribed to Stadia Pro, between June 6, 2019 and whatever the date is when the lawsuit is resolved. Which could be a while from now.