Stadia controllers to get Bluetooth support for more compatibility

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Google have announced that the Stadia controller will soon be compatible with other devices through Bluetooth connection. Rumors of the announcement were already floating around that the company may try to salvage the controller for users.

Google Stadia, in their official tweet, said, “Next week, we’ll be releasing a self-serve tool to enable Bluetooth connections on your Stadia Controller.” The company also said that the details on the same will be given during the release.

By releasing a tool that activates Bluetooth, the Stadia controller will be compatible with other devices. Devs are reportedly still working out some problems and are unable to offer much more information, but it does imply that you won’t have to send the controller back for a refund after Stadia closes.

Last year on 29 September 2022, Google announced that the company is shutting down its cloud gaming service called Google Stadia, and the services will be taken offline on 18 January 2023.

The company also announced that users would get refunds for purchases of Google hardware and games. With the announcement of a compatibility update for the Stadia controller, users are a bit relieved and can use the same device to play games on PC and consoles if the update allows.

When users asked for details about the update, the company stated that they couldn’t share any information on compatibility details as the team was still working on it. A similar answer was also received regarding Stadia tech being made open source.

While latency issues are one of the major problems in cloud gaming services, Stadia was reportedly shut down due to the lack of addition of new games, and all games were separate purchases.

The company might try to revive this service, but as of now, there are no plans or announcements from Google regarding the future of Stadia.