Google has just unveiled the Stadia Controller.
The Stadia Controller, as you might have seen in recent leaks, is how you’ll be able to play Stadia streamed games on any device.
Though traditional USB controllers (and keyboard and mice) will work when using Stadia on PCs, the Stadia Controller bypasses all by connecting directly to the data centre running the game through WiFi.
Since it doesn’t pair with any local device, the Stadia Controller is able to communicate with the game session regardless of the device you’re accessing the content on. This is how you can pick up where you left off on any device using the same controller, as demonstrated during the presentation.
The Stadia Controller has the default face, shoulder, and trigger buttons seen on other controllers. It’s using a layout similar to the DualShock 4’s, with Xbox-style analogue stick design, and face button layout.
It also features two unique buttons. The Share button can save the gaming session to YouTube for others to access, or to simply keep record of your experience. Then there’s the Google Assistant button, which activates a built-in microphone that connects the player to the Google Assistant service
If the game supports it, anyone using the controller can ask Google Assistant for tips on how to bypass a challenging section, or find the location of an item.