Google reveals multiplayer support and other new details for Stadia


Google has updated Stadia's FAQ section, answering several crucial questions. Google plans to initially offer a "Founder's Edition" hardware starter kit for $130, which includes three months of premium service.

In short, Google is looking for more than just your console title on its cloud gaming service, to stand out from the crowd, and it's a big crowd apparently, you should consider how the power and flexibility of the Stadia ecosystem affects your title.

The new addition to the FAQ should allow early Stadia adopters to breathe a sigh of relief as another potential drawback is removed from the platform, and it should be noted that there has been little released in regards how xCloud will manage purchased games when/if publisher's drop the platform as a whole. Outside of unforeseen circumstances, Stadia will aim to keep any previously purchased title available for gameplay. According to Google, Stadia players will still have access to their games if publishers abandon the project.

Developers could be looking to experiment their titles with Stadia and later decide to pull the game because they might not see a lot of money in it or because competing for cloud-based platforms could outbid Stadia for exclusive rights for the title. The new information could help sway people who have so far been undecided about whether they want to give game streaming a chance.

The FAQ update also revealed the mobile devices will be supported at launch and the number of players you can have locally. You can also connect your Stadia Controller to your phone, tablet, or computer with a USB cable plugged into the Stadia Controller's USB-C port. One can also use Bluetooth for a direct connection between controllers and phones. What happens is the Stadia Controller connects via BLE for setup and connects via WiFi for actual gameplay.

At launch we will be supporting Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a (3a, 3a XL, 3, 3XL) phones for mobile gameplay, tablets running Chrome OS, and more devices will be made available in the future. Crucial issue of gaming is portability and Google stadia provide it in an unbelievable method. Google's gaming platform, however, will only be available for the said devices if they already have access to the Stadia app.