22 January 2020
One of the advertised benefits of Google Stadia, the game streaming service is that it lets you play on any device. According to what is described by Google, the service does not require additional computer hardware and it only needs an internet connection and support for Google Chrome.
Unfortunately, despite the promises, the Stadia gaming service has just been limited to Pixel phones. However, this is reportedly changing as a few Stadia subscribers have seen it working on non-Pixel devices as well. There are reports around that opening the Android app on their non-Pixel devices shows the service may be ready. Subscribers are seeing “This screen” as an option underneath the swirling orange play button. This replaces “Choose where to play” that brings up options like Chromecast Ultra or computer.
Going by the reports, users can start a game on Wi-Fi after connecting a third-party or Stadia Controller for an experience identical to the Pixel phones. The early access reports are coming from OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy S10e, and Note 9, indicating Google is testing a lot of the service on a lot of non-Pixel devices.
The option “This screen” disappears after exiting the current game. This indicates Google is doing A/B test before launching a furnished service publically.
During an AMA session back in November, Google noted that it wants “Stadia to run on every screen eventually.”
Android and iOS and whatnot. We’re starting with Pixel this year. Hope to learn a bunch, make it great and start expanding to more devices next year.