Stadia has limited wireless controller support at the moment, but Google says it’ll expand the capability to additional devices in 2020.
Stadia’s wireless controller will be fully supported on mobile devices and the Chrome web browser next year, 9to5Google reports.
When the streaming service arrived in mid-November, Google confirmed a handful of limitations. Perhaps the most significant: the wireless controller can’t be used properly with smartphones, tablets, desktops, and laptops. Instead, you’re required to connect these devices to its USB-C port, which isn’t wireless at all. Only the Chromecast Ultra includes wireless connectivity, but support will expand in 2020.
An updated Google Store listing for Stadia specifically mentions wireless connectivity hitting additional devices in the year ahead. Though it doesn’t offer an exact date, Google should be capable of rolling out support in a few months. It should only be a software-side update Google needs to issue.
“The Stadia Controller is the best way to play games on Stadia across screens. You can use it to take control of games on TVs through Wi-Fi,” the Google Store describes. “Stadia Controller wireless support for laptops, desktops, and selects tablets and phones is coming in 2020.”
Users don’t need to wait, though. Stadia does feature support for third-party controllers. So you can take a Bluetooth-enabled controller from the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or PlayStation 4 and use it with Google’s platform. Some users might not have controllers from any of those consoles, but at least it’s an option until Stadia rolls out its own wireless connectivity.
As the wait continues, enjoy playing games on Stadia through the Chromecast Ultra or settle for a wired experience. Stadia is compatible with Google’s high-end media player, recent Pixel phones, and the Chrome web browser. New features and expanded platform support will be added throughout 2020. It doesn’t feel like a complete service right now, but Google has a lot planned for Stadia as the video game industry turns to cloud computing.