25 February 2020
Stadia, the game streaming service now allows you to shop for games directly from the web. Previously, browsing and buying the compatible games was only possible via the Stadia mobile app. You can now go to the Stadia website and simply click on the tab that says “Store” to be redirected to it. The service is reportedly working fine on Google Chrome on Windows 10.
Browsing through the web client version of the store is as easy as you do it using the mobile app. It is great to see that the game streaming service from Google is continuously getting updated with new capabilities and features. Google announced the new support via the official Twitter account of Stadia.
Just like the app, the web-based Stadia store includes details of the specific games. Clicking on a game takes you to the title’s dedicated page, which includes screenshots, videos, a description, information, and a Buy button.
In other Stadia-related news, Google Assistant has been launched on Stadia controllers, but with a couple of limitations, with one being its working tied with Chromecast only. According to those for whom the service is enabled, the function only works when connected via Chromecast to your TV on the main Stadia screen. The controllers already had the Google Assistant button but the service was disabled. But now, reportedly from December 3, pressing the button will invoke Google Assistant for your service. Previously, pressing the button would display a "coming soon" message. However, it is currently part of an early access program and only works when Stadia is being shown your Chromecast-connected TV.
However, Google does make mention that soon it will be available "while playing games as well as in the Stadia app and website." Another limitation is access to limited commands. Currently, the Assistant which has been made available is not fully-featured and can only answer simple queries such as “what’s the weather?” “What time is it?” It can, however, come up with some personalized results if you have enabled the necessary settings. The commands such as playing music, videos, or controlling your smart home are not yet available.
You can enable Google Assistant on your Stadia controller by heading over to the settings inside the Stadia app on Android or iOS. Under the Settings menu, look for Display, open Google Assistant, and toggle on Enable Assistant button on Stadia Controllers.