Published: Fri, October 18, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Stadia controller might come without this important feature

Google Stadia controller might come without this important feature

With nothing more than a Chromecast, or a Google Pixel phone, or a Chrome browser (on any computer with a decent internet connection) you can stream-play live video games using Google's hardware in their server centers as your console. Anyone looking to use the Stadia Controller with multiple devices now has to carry around a USB-C cable and hope the game they want to play supports USB HID controllers.

According to reports, Stadia is shceduled to launch in 14 North American and European countries including Canada and the US, and Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

'Whether you ordered Stadia Founder's Edition or Premiere Edition, you'll have three months of Stadia Pro, with access to Destiny 2: The Collection. That sounds good to me if Google needs to contend in gaming, it needs to make playing Stadia games on a TV as simple as kicking back on the love seat with a PlayStation or Xbox controller.

This nugget of information only came about since Google added a blink-and-you'll-miss-it disclaimer to a recent video, according to 9to5Google.

The announcement came at a Google event in NY where the tech giant was unveiling an array of new hardware products.

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You could go with a PIN or pattern, but those unlocking methods are less convenient for anyone who checks their phone frequently. Aside from the Pixel 4, only a handful of phones also support 3D face unlock - Xiaomi, Huawei, and LG flagships are among them.

Stadia is in collaboration with YouTube, letting users launch a game on the service on the same save mode as the streamer.

Buyers will be able to purchase Founder's Edition of Google Stadia for $129.99.

That also means you'll have to sacrifice direct connectivity to the company's datacentres via the controller - a feature the company has been touting to combat latency and ensure there's no pesky lag. The controller will gain Bluetooth audio capabilities with a later update – it seems that the Bluetooth implementation on the Stadia controller just wont be ready in time for launch.

Partner game publishers include Take 2, Square Enix, Bethesda and Electronic Arts. The Base subscription model ditches 4K streaming, free games and exclusive discounts in favour of 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second.

More information on Google's Stadia is available on the official website.

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