Google Stadia has a release date... for some

Yolanda Curtis
October 18, 2019

We recently spoke to an engineer about how Google's promise of "negative latency", would work on Stadia. The gaming service will be available first on the Pixel 4 but will also be compatible with the Pixel 3 series. Seeing as it's Google's latest device. That only leaves a tad over a month until we all get to see exactly what Stadia is capable of, and I'd be lying if I said I was anything but pumped for its arrival.


What do you think about Google Stadia? When that time comes, there's more hope that devices similar to the Pixel 2 will be included. However, upon this writer's Stadia-based connection check, just about anyone with an "upper tier" high-speed connection package should meet the criteria that Google set. Restricting wireless play to the Stadia Controller (and only allowing the Chromecast Ultra to pair with the Stadia Controller rather than supporting additional devices) inhibits the platform's ability to deliver on that experience. However, with Stadia you won't have to worry about owning the necessary hardware to play content. This is somewhat disappointing, given Google's claims that Stadia is the future of gaming, and how consoles have offered wireless controllers for well over a decade. If you don't mind not having the features that are specific to the Stadia controller.


The Stadia controller is priced at $69 (approximately Rs 4,900).


Not only that, but if you're using Stadia with the Chromecast, it'll be your only possible method of input, according to a Google community mananger post on Reddit, ruling out the potential for keyboard and mouse or third-party controller play. Both also have ports for plugging in headsets. The Stadia Basic will be available in 2020. While itll work remotely while playing Stadia on a Chromecast Ultra, youll need to connect a USB-C link to utilize it with PCs or telephones at dispatch, Google reveals to The Verge.

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