Google Stadia Controller Won't Work Wirelessly With Everything At Launch

Some tethering required.


Google has set a release date for its Stadia streaming platform, and at the same time outlined what to expect at launch. That includes the new revelation that wireless play with the first-party Stadia controller will be exclusive to the Chromecast Ultra that comes in the Founder's Edition.

In a video that accompanied the announcement, the company included a disclaimer that read, "At launch, wireless play with the Stadia Controller is only available on TV using a Chromecast Ultra."

The company further clarified the limitations in response to a question on the Stadia subreddit. A community manager said, "As for wireless gameplay, this is limited to Chromecast Ultra. When plugged in via USB cable, the Stadia Controller acts as a standard USB HID controller and may work on other platforms depending on the game and setup."

Founder's Edition owners will have both a controller and Chromecast included with their purchase, which is the only way to play Stadia this year. Google may expand the controller's wireless options before its full launch next year. But that does mean that for early purchasers, you'll need to tether your controller to your phones or tablets if you want to swap between devices.

The Stadia controller is touted as the best way to assure low-latency for playing through the streaming service, since it communicates directly to the Stadia service rather than passing through an intermediary device. The Founder's Edition costs $130 and includes a controller, Chromecast Ultra, a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro, early access to a Stadia name, and a three-month Pro Buddy Pass. It launches on November 19.

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