When Google Stadia was initially released, it received polarizing opinions from the gaming community. Even though the cloud gaming subscription service provided by this platform is innovative at best, many of its users still aren’t as satisfied as they want to be.
One reason for this is because Google Stadia is quite slow when it comes to releasing vital features, although the service is working on fixing this fault. As a matter of fact, Google has recently announced that family sharing through Google Stadia will now be possible.
In other words, gamers who utilize this service will finally be able to share games with their family. Creating a family group on Google is the first thing you need to do in order to utilize this brand-new feature.
Google family groups aren’t something that’s unique to Google Stadia. As a matter of fact, Android devices have been making use of this feature for quite some time now in order to share games on Google Play.
The process for having family groups on Android is quite simple: all you have to do is add your family members to a group. From there, you can share your games with each other and even allow one another to buy games and whatnot through a shared family payment method.
That being said, Google Stadia’s family groups will function in the same way as well. Probably the only difference is that each family member will be required to have their own Google Stadia account.
Other Google Stadia users have been wondering if having a Stadia Pro subscription is a requirement in order to share games with one another. According to Google’s FAQ, however, this doesn’t appear to be the case.
In other words, you don’t need to be subscribed to Stadia Pro if you want to share your games or play games that have been shared by others. However, it’s definitely worth noting that there are some specific games that require you to have a Stadia Pro subscription. Once the subscription ends, this means that these particular games can no longer be shared as well.
Just like other similar services that have family sharing, Google Stadia’s family group will have a manager that will have the power to control all kinds of settings and functions within the group.
This kind of feature is quite understandable, given the fact that families can sometimes include children of varying ages. As such, precautions such as this one are implemented so that kids of a certain age won’t be able to play games that aren’t fit for their age range.
That being said, the addition of family sharing to Google Stadia may not be big enough to garner more attention. However, those who do use this service have been asking for this feature for quite some time now, and therefore, it’s a pretty important addition to the platform.
Even though Google Stadia has been receiving a lot of criticism, Google still continues to improve the platform. As such, we’re sure that the service will get better and better as time goes on.