And that price is currently a free month of Stadia Pro It's hard to believe, but Stadia is almost a year old now. Despite reaching this milestone, Google's cloud gaming service hasn't exactly taken off into the mainstream just yet. In an effort to help spread the Stadia gospel, Google is now offering free perks like a month of Stadia Pro in return for referring friends to the platform. When a friend signs up using a referral code, they'll get an extra month of Stadia Pro in addition to a one month trial if they choose to subscribe to the service. Read More Stadia is putting a price on your friends' heads with new referral codes was written by the awesome team
The functionality was previously experimental Game streaming relies on low-latency connections to offsite servers, which is why the key to a great experience with Xbox Game Streaming and Google Stadia is fast and reliable internet. Google began testing mobile data streaming with Stadia in July, and now the functionality is ready for everyone. Playing Stadia over a cellular connection currently requires tapping your icon in the Stadia app, selecting the Experiments menu, and enabling 'Use Mobile Data.' Read More Stadia now fully supports playing games over a cellular connection was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The USB Type-C port on the Stadia Controller is now more useful You've always been able to use any controller you want when playing Google Stadia with a PC, phone, or tablet, but not with a Chromecast or other similar setups. Google is finally changing this with Tandem Mode, a new Stadia feature that turns the Type-C connector on the wireless Stadia Controller into an input. "When you link your Stadia Controller wirelessly to Stadia," Google wrote in a new support article, "you can plug a secondary controller directly into its USB-C port. Read More Google Stadia introduces Tandem Mode for using your favorite controller over Wi-Fi was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It only works when gaming on Chromecast and the web When Stadia launched last year, it was a cool idea in theory that felt a bit lacking in practice. Seemingly simple things like using the Stadia controller wirelessly with phones, or plugging in USB-C headsets, weren't supported at first. Luckily, Google is working on addressing these issues with its cloud gaming service; the controller started working with phones and laptops earlier this summer, and now it looks like USB-C headsets are usable as well. Read More USB-C headsets now work with the Stadia controller — with a few limitations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
You can sideload the game streaming service just fine Latest update Updated with Google statement on Stadia availability. Google has been preparing Stadia support for Android TV for a while now, and it remains one of the only Google platforms where the game streaming service isn't officially available yet. It's already been possible to sideload Stadia to Android TV devices in the past, but initial scaling issues
A collection of recent changes makes for a much better experience Update Updated to clarify that the described changes didn't come with the latest Stadia version — they've been part of multiple recent app releases. Google has been preparing Stadia support for Android TV for a while now, and it remains one of the only Google platforms where the game streaming service isn't officially available yet. It's
The roguelike third-person shooter left Early Access last month One of the most hyped indie game launches lately has been Risk of Rain 2, which arrived on PC and console platforms last year as Early Access, and crossed the development finish line last month. The title is now coming to Google Stadia, complete with a new stage that will be a timed exclusive. Risk of Rain 2 is a third-person roguelike shooter where you crash-land on an alien planet. Your goal is to fight the aliens living there, collect the loot they were safeguarding, and combine the items to increase your own abilities. Read More Survive an alien planet in Risk of Rain 2, coming soon to Google Stadia was written by
Apple's going for the 'most anti-competitive company' speedrun Apple's draconian App Store policies have been criticized time and time again, and most recently, they led to a lawsuit by Epic Games. The company also recently blocked game streaming services like Google Stadia and Xbox Game Streaming from entering the App Store. Apple has now updated its policies to allow game streaming services, but only if they go through many hoops. The App Store Review Guidelines have been updated with a new section specifically addressing streaming games. Read More Apple establishes ridiculous requirements for Stadia and Xbox Game Streaming on iOS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Time to cash in that free trial of Stadia Pro Google had a hard time convincing both developers and the gaming community about Stadia's staying power when it launched last year, but things seem to be holding steady. The cloud gaming service has continued to implement new features and debut new games every month. Now we've learned about more upcoming titles set to land on Stadia, including the long-awaited return of Scott Pilgrim. The big news is that Scott Pilgrim vs. Read More Scott Pilgrim is finally back and coming to Stadia — plus an exclusive early demo of Immortals Fenyx Rising was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Discounts on Stadia hardware are still relatively rare You technically don't have to buy any hardware to start playing Stadia: you can use a mouse and keyboard on a desktop or laptop, and even touch controls on mobile. But to get the best TV experience, you'll need both a Chromecast Ultra and a first-party Stadia controller. If that's an upgrade you've been considering, now's a good time: the Premiere Edition bundle that includes both is $10 off on the Google Store. Read More Get a Stadia Premiere Edition bundle with a controller and Chromecast Ultra for $90 ($10 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.