Last week we found out that Google Stadia’s controller will only be wireless if you have a Chromecast Ultra connected to your TV. Now Google has officially announced that it is “working to add wireless options for [other platforms] soon after launch.”
When it was first announced, Google Stadia promised that you would be able to pick up a simple wireless controller and stream very high end games on your TV, desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. No need for an Xbox One, PS4 or high end gaming PC.
But last week we learned that the wireless simplicity promise was only applicable to Google’s Chromecast Ultra. It seems most likely that using the wireless controller with other platforms introduces lag that the service can’t afford to have at this stage. Using the Chromecast Ultra, however, may allow Google to finetune the wireless connection to avoid that lag.
Fortunately, wireless support for PCs, tablets, phones and other TV streaming gadgets will happen soon after launch. At least according to this Reddit post in which Google Stadia’s communituy manager Grace Yang clarified what is going to happen:
It clears things up — although there are actually no dates to “soon after launch”. The good thing for early adopters who bought the Founder’s Edition (for $130) will get the Chromecast Ultra in the package alongside the controller.
For those of us who didn’t get it, using a cable won’t be much of an inconvenience if Google actually delivers on its promise of lagless, high resolution, amazing playability and all the other things that will have to happen for its game streaming platform for succeed.