Stadia, is a brand-new game streaming service from Google and it’s almost here. There is no question, Stadia will change the way we play and enjoy our favourite video games. With Stadia, you no longer have to purchase a dedicated gaming console to play high quality AAA video games. Instead, Stadia gives you instant access to your favourite games across the internet on your TV, laptop, desktop, Pixel phone, and select tablets.
The Stadia Premier Edition comes with everything you need to play on your TV—Chromecast Ultra, 3-month subscription of Stadia Pro and a Stadia controller. Did you know that you can play Stadia games with other controllers? Many popular HID compliant controllers are compatible with Stadia when playing via USB on your laptop, desktop, tablet and mobile.
Let’s take a look at some of the controllers that work with Google Stadia.
DualShock 4 Controller
The PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller is a favourite amongst many gamers around the world. It fits comfortably in your hands and the lightly textured underside makes it easier to be held in your hands.
The analogue sticks along with the shoulder buttons allow for precise controls and accuracy. The DualShock 4 comes with an internal rechargeable battery that lasts anywhere from 4 to 8 hours. And, features a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can plug your headphones into the controller to enjoy the sound.
To use this controller, simply connect the Micro USB cable from the DualShock 4 controller to your device and you are ready to play. If you are looking for a longer Micro USB cable, you can use this Insignia 3m cable or this Tomee 3m Micro USB cable.
Xbox One Controller and Xbox One Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller
The Xbox One controller fights perfectly in your hands and has a solid feel to it. It features asymmetrical thumb sticks. And, each of the sticks have an indentation on the top to fit your thumbs and the rough edges around them keep your thumbs from slipping. The Xbox One controller features a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can plug your headphones into the controller to enjoy the sound.
The Xbox One controller does not come with a built-in rechargeable battery. So, you’ll want to pickup the Insignia Battery Charging Station for Xbox One or some rechargeable AA batteries. If you are a serious gamer and want the best of the best to use with Stadia, I highly recommend the Xbox One Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. This controller comes with a bevy of features including interchangeable components and a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 40 hours.
Switch Pro Controller
The Switch Pro controller shares design elements from both the DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers. The dual analogue sticks are offset and feature similar rough edges around them to keep your thumbs from slipping. Where as both the DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers feature analogue triggers, the Switch Pro controllers are digital.
The Switch Pro controller does not have a 3.5mm audio jack. So, you won’t be able to hook up your headphone to the controller to listen to the sound. This controller comes with an internal rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 40 hours.
The Switch Pro controller uses a USB to USB-C cable and is included with the controller. However, if you want a longer cable, I suggest picking up the Insignia 3.05m USB to USB-C cable.
Stadia allows you to play with your favourite controllers
That about wraps things up. Without a doubt, Stadia will change the way we play video games. And, I am excited about the future. The ability to play across a number of screens, when you want and where you want gives gamers a flexibility that they have never had before.
Make sure to check back often for updates. This page will be updated as Stadia evolves and new products are announced that are compatible with Google’s game streaming service.