Stadia is expected to work on desktop, mobile, the Chrome browser, and even Chromecast. Not much is known about how Stadia will work but the platform will allow players to quickly load and play games like “Doom” and “Assassin’s Creed”.
Surprisingly, the Stadia package comes with a custom Google controller that feels and looks great. It has a heft and texture like the recent Xbox One gamepads — specifically the one that released with the Xbox One S redesign — but with the thumbstick layout of Sony’s DualShock 4.
It comes with a USB-C port on top, a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom, and dedicated buttons to trigger Google Assistant-powered voice features and capture video of your gameplay.
Former Sony and Xbox executive and current vice president at Google Phil Harrison explained the controller directly connects to Google’s data centers so users won’t have to re-sync it to another device when you stop playing on one. He also says it comes along with a mobile app, which will connect the controller first to the local Wi-Fi network and from there to Google’s Stadia service.
There’re still no exact numbers on how the controller will cost, or whether it will come in a bundle with a Stadia plan or whatnot. If you are not into the controller, however, Harrison emphasized that the service will support other gamepads as well, but clearly, you might miss out on the Google Assistant integration.