Three colors shown for this optional controller.
During its GDC 2019 keynote address, Google unveiled the official controller for its streaming platform Stadia.
Google VP Phil Harrison revealed the controller connects to whatever platform players are streaming Stadia with via Wi-Fi, directly to the game that is running in the Google data center. The controller allegedly identifies which screen or device players want to use, and syncs it with their game session running in the cloud.
On top of standard controller functions and buttons, the Stadia controller features a capture button (analogous to the PS4’s share button) which shares and saves gameplay experiences to YouTube with the click of a button. The controller also features a Google Assistant button, which allows players to immediately access the controller’s built-in microphone, to “get help from the assistant for special in-game features integrated by developers.”
Harrison also revealed that players can use existing USB controllers or keyboards when playing Stadia on a laptop or PC, making it so using the official Stadia controller is completely optional. The three controller colors shown off were a white controller with black buttons, a black controller with grey buttons, and a powder blue controller with black buttons. The famous Konami code is also featured on the bottom of the controller.
For more on Stadia, check out Google’s announcement of the streaming platform, and how Google claims it’s more powerful than PS4 Pro and Xbox One X combined.
Stadia will launch in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe in 2019.
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