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Google Stadia Controller – Wireless Connection is Exclusive to Smart TVs at Launch


Google is determined to change the gaming industry and its going to do this with the upcoming streaming service called Stadia. For those who are out of the loop, Stadia is a brand-new streaming service from Google that makes it possible for people all around the world to play their favorite games on multiple devices, even though they might not have the minimum system requirements for AAA games.

Stadia Controller Will Not Support Wireless Connections with All Devices

Nonetheless, the reason why Stadia is making headlines today is because it has been recently revealed that the Stadia controller will not support computers or smartphones via wireless connection during the first days after launch. Google announced in a new video that the controller will only support wireless connections on smart TVs that have Chromecast Ultra.

“GraceFromGoogle” is the Reddit account of a Google Community member and he also confirmed this news by making the following statement: “As for wireless gameplay, this is limited to Chromecast Ultra. When plugged in via USB cable, the Stadia Controller acts as a standard USB HID controller and may work on other platforms depending on the game and setup”.

Relying on Bluetooth and Cable for Connections

Since wireless connections are not going to be available for devices other than smart TVs with Chromecast Ultra, the Stadia controller will rely on Bluetooth for setup and users will need to use a cable at first. Google announced that these connection limitations are there to ensure that Stadia offers a premium gaming experience.

November 19th Launch Date

Google Stadia is scheduled to launch on November 19th in the following countries: US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Furthermore, the Android parent is surely going to introduce wireless support for PCs/Laptops and smartphones during the upcoming future.