The Stadia controller will soon be usable via Bluetooth
Last year, Google announced that it would end its Stadia service on January 18, 2023. This left many questions in its wake, including what will happen to the Stadia controller, which was tied to the service.
Google has now announced that it will release a self-service tool that will allow customers to enable Bluetooth on the Stadia controller. This was an inactive controller feature that was disabled in firmware.
We also have information on Bluetooth: next week we will release a self-service tool to enable Bluetooth connections on your Stadia Controller.
We’ll share the details here when released. pic.twitter.com/6vYomngfmA
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) January 13, 2023
Once activated, the Stadia Controller can then be used as a standard Bluetooth controller with other devices. This is something that cannot be done currently as the Stadia controller was supposed to connect and work directly with the Stadia cloud service. The update should allow Stadia customers to continue using the controller with other devices instead of it becoming useless after January 18.
Google has also released one last game – Worm Game – for Stadia players before the service shuts down next Wednesday. This was a game that had been used internally for years and used by the team to test Stadia features. It’s an intentionally no-frills minimal title that probably wouldn’t have seen the light of day if the service hadn’t been shut down, but it’s a cool easter egg to experience the game that was used to test and create the service.