What Has Always Been Dead May Never Die
Google Stadia sits on its deathbed. In late September 2022, Google announced that Stadia would be shutting down on January 18th. Though it wasn’t enough to keep the service running, there were gamers who bought games on it. Thankfully, publishers worked to transfer their Stadia users onto other platforms. But what becomes of the Stadia controller?
Instead of letting it become a paperweight or video game prop in a movie, there will still be a use for it. Google has announced that they will activate Bluetooth support for the Stadia controller.
This is really an announcement of an announcement. There isn’t really any specific information, but we know that Google intends for the Stadia controller to still function without the service. More details will be announced next week, likely on or after the day of shutdown.
We’ve also got Bluetooth news: next week we’ll be releasing a self-serve tool to enable Bluetooth connections on your Stadia Controller.
We’ll share details here on release. pic.twitter.com/6vYomngfmA
— Stadia ☁️🎮 (@GoogleStadia) January 13, 2023
Since the controller does not currently support Bluetooth, users will likely have to plug it into their PC for an update. They say they will be “releasing a self-serve tool to enable Bluetooth connections on your Stadia Controller.”
If you want to use a controller on PC or play on any other consoles, you probably have a controller you like to use already. However, options are always nice.
Google Stadia will be permanently shutting down next week on January 18th.
Will you continue to use your Stadia controller? Let us know in the comments below.