Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Tech | By Constance Martin

New Stadia Information And Multiplayer Support Got Disclosed By Google

New Stadia Information And Multiplayer Support Got Disclosed By Google

Stadia will be exclusively available on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a, 3a XL, and 3XL devices with provisions of game purchase made available for iOS 11 devices and above and Android M devices and above. Stadia would also follow Apple in having a subscription offering (Stadia Pro and Apple Music) as well as a storefront (purchases and iTunes) to give people more options for this new approach to game distribution.

Google also shed some light on the issue of playing the purchased games that are no longer available to the new players, such as if a publisher would choose not to allow Stadia support: "In the future, it is possible that some games may no longer be available for new purchases, but existing players will still be able to play the game".

After they receive the code, it can be used on a "different email account". Well, a recent update to the Stadia FAQ looks to put at least some of those concerns to bed. The pitch was simple: it wants to let people stream games to their television sets, PCs, tablets, and smartphones just like they do other forms of entertainment.

Google also mentions that controllers were created to be connected to WiFi for gameplay but they can be hardwired to a PC, tablet, or smartphone via a USB-C cable if the user prefers. Stadia will support four-player couch-co-op sessions for starters, with four Stadia controllers working in tandem. Speaking of the Stadia controller, the FAQ says it makes use of BLE for setup, nevertheless it connects via WiFi for gameplay.

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Take note that Stadia will exclusively help mobile gameplay on a limited variety of units at launch, although, namely the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a (3a, 3a XL, three, 3XL) phones, in addition to tablets working Chrome OS. Bluetooth will not work directly to connect phones and controllers.

Google also talked about whether Stadia would support Daydream or other VR headsets.

There is one category of device Google's not interested in supporting with Stadia: VR.

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