Google’s Stadia controller will only be wireless with Chromecast Ultra at launch

Google’s Stadia controller will only be wireless with Chromecast Ultra at launch

The official controller for Google Stadia can only be used wirelessly with the company's Chromecast Ultra dongle for the time being.

As revealed in the small print of a new Stadia video, consumers will need to use a USB-C cable to connect the gamepad to both PC and mobile devices when the platform launches next month.

Community manager Grace “GraceFromGoogle” Yang confirmed on the streaming platform’s official subreddit that only a Stadia controller could be used to play games through the Chromecast Ultra on launch.

The tech giant spoke to The Verge, explaining that its goal is to make the best possible big-screen experience, thus focusing on wireless controls for TV first. However, Google has not indicated as to when wireless functionality will be available on other devices.

Initially announced at GDC 2019 in March, the new streaming platform will be released on November 19th. The tech giant confirmed in June that the subscription service would cost $9.99 per month and the 28 games set to be playable upon release.

Earlier this year, it was revealed by technical account manager Sam Corcoran that more than 4000 developers applied to join the Google Stadia Partners Programme. Back in April, we took a look at the team behind the streaming platform.

To combat potential lag, Google plans to use machine learning to predict user inputs.

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