Video game news is gaining momentum this week when E3, the most important trade show in the industry, should have taken place. While waiting for the PS5 conference , Google gives us news about Google Stadia and things are going pretty well for the giant.
AN EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM FOR ANDROID SMARTPHONES
One of the big complaints about Google regarding Stadia is the limited number of devices compatible with the cloud gaming service. When it was launched, Stadia was limited to a few Pixel devices on smartphones, before opening a few months later to a handful of Samsung and OnePlus smartphones .
That’s not all, and it’s probably the most important news of the evening at Mountain View. Google Stadia is now compatible with most Android smartphones on an experimental basis. The firm announces indeed keep a list of smartphones “certified” to offer a good experience, but now other devices compatible with the Google Stadia application can try streaming games.
HOW TO ACTIVATE GOOGLE STADIA ON AN ANDROID SMARTPHONE
To access the streaming service on a smartphone not certified by Google, you must first activate a setting in the Stadia application. Just choose the option “play on this device” in the “Tests” section of the application, with the icon of an Erlenmeyer. On a Huawei P30 Pro, this section took a little time to appear. Google may once again roll out this new feature gradually.
Google announces that other functions will be offered in this new menu to allow fans to preview new features. A bit like Microsoft’s Xbox Insider program .
GOOGLE STADIA GETS RID OF THE CONTROLLER
That’s not all, Google also announces a first version of the integration of controls directly on the screen. This type of handling is not new for smartphone games, but cloud gaming services used a physical controller for the moment.
Nothing beats a real controller for the physical feedback it can provide when pressing buttons, but some games do not always require incredible reflexes. Also, this type of tactile handling makes it possible to make the service even more compact since there is no longer any need to keep a joystick in the bag to attach to your smartphone.
By allowing you to play Google Stadia on almost any Android smartphone and without necessarily adding a controller, the firm finally realizes a good part of the initial promise of cloud gaming. A good progress for the service of Google which will soon have to face the arrival of xCloud , but also a likely strengthening of PlayStation Now and the arrival of Amazon in the sector.