Google will launch a “self-serve software” to allow Stadia’s controllers to connect with different units subsequent week


Google has confirmed plans to launch a “self-serve” software that can make its proprietary Stadia controller perform on different platforms by way of Bluetooth.

This hopefully signifies that the controller – which is at the moment locked so it solely connects to Google’s cloud gaming service, Stadia – will nonetheless be usable even after Google shutters Stadia later this week.

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“We have additionally obtained Bluetooth information: subsequent week we’ll be releasing a self-serve software to allow Bluetooth connections in your Stadia Controller,” the official Stadia Twitter account tweeted final evening. “We’ll share particulars right here on launch.”

Google stopped wanting revealing how it could do that, however did affirm there have been no plans to “open source it” and stated extra particulars can be coming “later this week”.

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“Stadia will not be shutting down”, Google insisted when requested outright on Twitter if a closure was imminent again in June. Simply three months later, the beleaguered cloud gaming service introduced it could shut on 18th January 2023 – information even builders nonetheless laborious at work on Google Stadia initiatives had not been anticipating.

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Stadia is at the moment refunding those that made their {hardware} purchases by way of its Google Retailer. Stadia can be making an attempt to routinely course of refunds for “all purchases of video games, add-on content material and subscriptions charges apart from Stadia Professional” via the Stadia Retailer, and expects nearly all of refunds to be processed by 18th January, 2023.

Earlier in the present day, we reported that Google has launched Worm Sport, a recreation that “got here to Stadia earlier than Stadia got here to the world”. In a bittersweet twist, which means that Worm Sport is each the final recreation to launch on the service and the primary, because it was used to check options from earlier than Stadia’s 2019 launch proper up till final 12 months.

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