Google announced via a post on Reddit that the Google Stadia controller will have its wireless features limited during the launch of the platform. Stadia is scheduled to launch on 19 November in 14 countries.
The wireless feature on TV will in fact only be available initially with Chromecast Ultra, while should you be playing on a PC or smartphone you will need to use a USB-C cable. As mentioned above the news comes from the community manager who manages the subreddit of Google Stadia. It has also been clarified here that the official pad will be required to play with Chromecast Ultra.
“You will need a Stadia controller to play through the Chromecast Ultra connected to your TV. As for wireless gameplay, this is limited to Chromecast Ultra. If connected via USB cable, the Stadia controller acts as a standard USB HID and can run on other platforms depending on the game and the configuration “
The new cloud streaming service will debut on November 19th in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
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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