News hardware Owners of Stadia controllers have found a new use for them
After the recent Google announcement concerning the closure of Stadia services, Stadia controller owners asked themselves a simple question: should we throw away our Google Stadia controllers? But obviously, the happy owners of this accessory have found answers.
One Stadia Controller to rule them all!
As you know, Google has decided to close its cloud gaming service called Stadia. And for good reason, this project failed to find big fans. The cause of a catalog of games that are too limited and playing conditions that are not always optimal.
But in the lot, there are many owners of the Stadia controller, which was previously available at €59.99 on the Google online store. The controller more or less takes on the design of a dualshock 4, with symmetrical sticks, sharing functionalities directly integrated on the machine and a layout of the action buttons in the shape of a cross.
This wireless controller allows players to enjoy their games and content on different screens, such as their tablet, TV connected to a Chromecast, or even their PC via a Google Chrome link. A classic and efficient controller, intended to connect to multiple sources.
The Stadia controller obviously uses the jack port integrated into the controller to benefit from sound directly from your sofa, but above all froma Bluetooth functionality with the particularity of connecting very easily to different peripherals.
It is with this in mind that owners of Stadia controllers have taken it into their heads to connect their device to their PC, their Mac, or even their smartphone. in bluetooth, even though Google gives us this possibility only if we connect the controller.
For now, Bluetooth functionality is restricted to the Stadia environment. But videographer LateStageTech has obviously found a solution to meet this need. Thanks to an Android application, the youtuber was able to connect his Stadia controller to his PC, via Bluetooth. This technique originally used to connect unofficial controllers to your PC obviously works perfectly with the Stadia controller, so why deprive yourself?
However, a big problem persists: the triggers cannot be used in wireless mode via this method, which limits the field of possibilities quite a bit. This method of Bluetooth signal retransmission may be suitable for owners of Stadia controllers who absolutely want to use it without having to plug it into their PC.
Another method was found by engineer Parth Shah, but requires a little more time and work… The method consists of using Python 3 via version 1.2.0 available on GitHub and executing a file called Server.exe . From there, the engineer obtains a URL to enter on a search engine on an Android smartphone or tablet, but this method has a great disadvantage, that of having to keep your controller connected to your smartphone, which in this case will serve as transmitter to connect it to your PC.
Will Google block Stadia Controller owners from connecting them to other sources?
As you will have understood, there are different methods for using your Google Stadia controller on different devices, but Google still restricts access to many features. Several users have asked Google on different forums to open the Bluetooth access of the controller in order to continue to use it on PC.
Indeed, many Stadia controller owners find themselves there with a totally useless controller, even though they bought it at full price. It was via Reddit that Google responded to the call by announcing that the request had been forwarded to the competent teams for this, and that possibilities were being studied internally to make compatibility between Stadia and PC controllers possible.
The controller is currently restricted by the current firmware, but Google is considering a controller update that could allow users to run the Google Stadia Controller on other devices.
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