After the news that Google is set to shut down Stadia on Jan. 18th, the company has today revealed that their Stadia Controller will be getting Bluetooth support. The community manager of Stadia said, “In addition, many of you have expressed the desire to enable Bluetooth on the Stadia controller. We have some good news: next week we’ll be releasing a self-serve tool to enable Bluetooth connections on your Stadia Controller.” How exactly the user can enable Bluetooth is yet to be seen, but details will be coming next week.
Originally a specialized controller for the platform which began in November of 2019, the controller was made with a focus on reducing input lag to those who wished to stream games. The controller would connect to Wi-Fi and paired up with the device you were playing Stadia on. However, the impending shut down of Stadia would mean the Wi-Fi connection would be obsolete, which had made fans of the platform beg for a Bluetooth connection. It seems now, at the end of Stadia’s life, that they will have their wish. The company has also offered refunds on the costs of games on Stadia, as well as the cost of the controller itself.
As an additional final parting gift, Stadia also released one last game – Worm Game. This game was originally created to “test many of Stadia’s features” and started before their launch in 2019. Now available for fans, the company hopes players will enjoy it as much as they did, and signs off by saying “thanks for playing, and for everything.” It’s a shame that Stadia has to end so soon, but it’s good to know that the controllers won’t go to waste.
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