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Google to start Stadia gaming service 19 November

Google to start Stadia gaming service 19 November”

That's because, according to the small print in one of Google's own YouTube videos explaining how Stadia works, the controller is only wireless when used with the company's own Chromecast Ultra device. You can always use a keyboard and mouse combo for PCs, which is how many people play games on the desktop.

Google Stadia will open its servers on november 19, marking the official launch of Google's cloud gaming ambitions. At launch, only Google Pixel phones will be supported, but that is likely to change fairly soon.

Its controller will only be wireless when it is linked to a Chromecast, which is a qualifier that was not mentioned when the streaming service was announced in March. Google says that games will be added to the Pro service "regularly", but they're pretty mum on details at the moment. But there's no telling how long that will take; Stadia Controller owners could be stuck with their USB-C cables for a while.

Along with Pixel smartphones, Google's game streaming service will also support Chrome OS tablets such as the Pixel Slate, Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2.

Google has updated its Stadia Help page and now lists the Pixel 2 under the requirements for playing on a phone. 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.

If you're wondering when or indeed if Google plans to bring Stadia to countries like South Africa, no mention has been made at the time of writing.

Google Stadia will be online next month and will need Stadia Founder Edition or Premiere Edition.

At the moment it is not yet clear when wireless functionality will be available on other Stadia compatible devices, but we will keep you posted.



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