Google’s new Stadia game-streaming service promises to deliver console-quality games over the internet, without the need for a console. A game-ready TV is all you need — or so Google claims.
We’re skeptical, and not just because Stadia’s launch lineup is fairly weak. Latency is a major concern when streaming games over the internet, and it’s not something that can be easily overcome with a faster connection or better hardware.
What kind of device do you need?
Stadia supports most Android phones and tablets, TVs that have Chromecast built-in, and computers running Google Chrome. But not all devices are created equally. But the best tablets for Stadia can do the job. Older phones or tablets may not be able to run games at higher resolutions or frame rates.
It is an amazing device straight from the future. However, many people are worried about whether or not they can use this controller on their PC for gaming. It is a great question, and thankfully there is an easy answer to this. You can absolutely use the Stadia controller on a PC.
And here’s how you do it:
First, you need to go to Google Chrome and get this extension called Gamepad Emulator. It is a free download and will allow you to use the controller as if it were any other USB gamepad, which means that it will work with any PC game out there.
The only issue is that the emulated controller may not be recognized by games that were developed specifically for controllers. This is why there are two other steps you should take in order to make sure that you can use the controller with your games.
Make sure that you have Steam installed on your computer since that is one of the largest game distribution platforms out there. If you have Steam installed, then all you will have to do is go into its settings menu and then click on “install native support”. This will install a driver for your controller so that all of your games will be able to recognize it without having to use the emulator.
Google’s Stadia controller is also compatible with other Android devices as well as PCs that support Chrome browsers. And if you’re using the controller wirelessly, it will connect to your device over Wi-Fi and not Bluetooth. This means you won’t be tethered to your PC or phone while playing and you’ll get better latency when playing games.
Stadia Controller is the first wireless gamepad to offer fully wireless connectivity over Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth. It communicates directly with Google’s servers so you can play games anywhere you have an internet connection. This allows you to play games at home or on the go without needing any additional hardware.
Connecting your Stadia Controller with a PC can be somewhat of a hassle, but it is certainly worth the effort. The good news is that it is actually very easy to do so.
Benefits of connecting Stadia Controller to other platforms
Connecting your Stadia Controller to a PC is an easy process that will allow you to play games from the Google Stadia library on your PC and stream games from other platforms such as Steam. The controller can be connected via USB or Bluetooth.
These are the following benefits of connecting your Stadia Controller to a PC:
- You can have access to all of the games available on Gamestream. So you will be able to experience all of Google’s great services and play your favorite games as well. There is no limit on how many titles you can play or what service you use.
- You can share your controller between devices: You can have access to any title you have previously played when using the Stadia service, including any game that you were playing on another platform. This means that if you start playing a game on your PC and need to leave, you don’t need to worry about losing any progress. You will still be able to continue playing where you left off when you return to your computer later for some reason.
- Enables to stream games from Steam, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, Uplay, etc., to your TV or monitor using the controller.
- The controller is awesome and familiar to a lot of gamers already — it’s the same control scheme that’s been very popular for years in console gaming.
- You don’t have to worry about scaling the resolution and frame rate of your games for different devices — it will all match up automatically on every screen.
- You can leverage cloud computing resources to enhance your games’ graphics, processing power, or networking capabilities — or use them for other things entirely, like running artificial intelligence algorithms or multiplayer matchmaking or hosting dedicated servers for online play.
- Developers can build cross-platform games from start to finish without worrying about which device.