Google may have legal issues regarding the 4K gaming claims it made with Stadiums since the launch of the platform. Specifically, it would appear that Google is considering a class action on these claims.
Google’s cloud gaming platform Stadia promises a lot of things to its subscribers. Among them, 4K resolution for games if you pay for the Stadia Pro subscription which costs $ 9.99 per month. From the very beginning, people have complained that some games don’t look 4K. And indeed, some of them were not. At least not native 4K. And instead, they’ve been scaled to 4K instead of porting that native resolution.
It wasn’t until last October that Stadia’s legal troubles began with a class action lawsuit.
Stadia legal issues continue as class action goes to Federal Court
The lawsuit was originally filed in October 2020 in New York and has since moved to New York federal court very recently.
Safer classaction.org, he explains that the lawsuit alleges that Google was not honest about the quality of resolution of the games broadcast. The Breach of Contract lawsuit is a 42-page document. And not limited to Google. He also mentions Bungie and id Software. Stating that the two developers in addition to Google lied to consumers.
Prior to the launch of Stadia, Google said that all games would stream in 4K resolution and have a frame rate of 60 fps. But that wasn’t necessarily true for every game. And Google only changed its claims about it right before the November 19, 2019 release date.
Google may need to display resolution and frame rate for each game
While it depends on how Google lost this deal, if that happens, it might end up having to display the resolution and frame rate for every game sold on the platform.
The intention here seems to be to give subscribers more information about each game. Presumably so that they can decide whether it’s worth choosing a title based on its resolution and frame rate. The lawsuit also seeks damages for the subscribers.
This means that Google may have to reimburse past and current subscribers for the amounts they paid for Founders Edition offerings that were required to access Stadia when it launched. The lawsuit would essentially cover anyone who purchased the Founders or Premiere Editions offerings from Stadia, or subscribed to Stadia Pro, between June 6, 2019 and regardless of when the dispute is resolved. Which could be in a while.