29 February 2020
At the annual Google Developer Conference 2019, Google has launched its new cloud gaming service called Stadia. This service is dubbed as the future of gaming and will provide instant access to play games on devices that you may already own like Chromebooks, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. In other words, it will eliminate the need of getting game specific hardware like consoles altogether. While users can use the existing hardware like keyboards and controllers that you may already own, Google is also releasing its own Stadia gaming controller.
The Stadia controller was presented during the GDC 2019. It is available in three different color options and has an Xbox One S like-design along with a thumbstick layout of Sony’s DualShock 4. The Stadia controller connects to Google’s servers through Wi-Fi and automatically identifies what screen to play on.
Google has also put in two unique buttons, one which lets users capture and share clips directly to YouTube, while the other one is a Google Assistant button which accesses the built-in microphone in the controller to access gameplay advice from an assistant.
Stadia will first launch in the US, UK, Canada and most of Europe later this year. Google, at this point in time, has not yet announced the price of Stadia service or its controller, however, has ‘promised’ to reveal more information this summer.