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USB-C headsets now work with the Stadia controller — with a few limitations

USB-C headsets now work with the Stadia controller — with a few limitations

When Stadia launched last year, it was a cool idea in theory that felt a bit lacking in practice. Seemingly simple things like using the Stadia controller wirelessly with phones, or plugging in USB-C headsets, weren't supported at first. Luckily, Google is working on addressing these issues with its cloud gaming service; the controller started working with phones and laptops earlier this summer, and now it looks like USB-C headsets are usable as well.

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Get a Stadia Premiere Edition bundle with a controller and Chromecast Ultra for $90 ($10 off)

Get a Stadia Premiere Edition bundle with a controller and Chromecast Ultra for $90 ($10 off)

You technically don't have to buy any hardware to start playing Stadia: you can use a mouse and keyboard on a desktop or laptop, and even touch controls on mobile. But to get the best TV experience, you'll need both a Chromecast Ultra and a first-party Stadia controller. If that's an upgrade you've been considering, now's a good time: the Premiere Edition bundle that includes both is $10 off on the Google Store.

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How to use touch controls when playing Google Stadia on your phone or tablet

How to use touch controls when playing Google Stadia on your phone or tablet

Gamers would be hard-pressed to find a single instance where touchscreen controls outperform a handheld controller or mouse/keyboard setup. However, the folks at Stadia understand that players don't always have access to the right peripherals when it's time to play. Here's everything you need to know about how to use the native on-screen touch controls in the Google Stadia app.

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Google's Stadia Controller now works wirelessly with Android phones

Google's Stadia Controller now works wirelessly with Android phones

When it began shipping last year, the Stadia Controller worked wirelessly on TVs hooked up to a Chromecast Ultra, but using it with any phone or laptop required it to be connected via USB-C cable, which doesn't make for the most comfortable gaming experience. Earlier this year, Google rolled out the ability to connect wirelessly via the Chrome browser, and starting today, users can now do it with any supported Android device as well.

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The Stadia controller is 10% off at the Google Store

The Stadia controller is 10% off at the Google Store

Google's Stadia controller is expensive. Normally $69, it's pricier than both Microsoft and Sony's first-party gamepads. Given you can't use any other controllers to play Stadia on TVs yet, that could be a considerable barrier to entry for prospective players. If you've wanted in but have thus far been deterred by the controller's price, today might be your day: it's marked down 10 percent, to $62.10.

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Stadia is rolling out support for its Wi-Fi controller on the web

Stadia is rolling out support for its Wi-Fi controller on the web

While Stadia's launch last year arguably packed fewer features than we initially anticipated, Google is hard at work to add long-promised capabilities. This Tuesday, the company announced that it would roll out wireless Stadia controller support for laptops and desktops, and it looks like the capability is now already widely available. Just like always could on Chromecast, you can finally enjoy Stadia wirelessly on your computer using its first-party hardware.

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TouchStadia hack brings Stadia the touchscreen controls you never wanted

TouchStadia hack brings Stadia the touchscreen controls you never wanted

With mobile devices sporting big, beautiful touchscreen displays, it only seemed natural to expect that Google's Stadia gaming platform would one day support this input method as a way to play. Although Google hasn't made any official announcement about such a feature, Redditor SmashShock was able to hack together a working version of mobile touch controls for Stadia that they're calling TouchStadia.

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The official Stadia controller phone mount is now available for $15 on the Google Store (Update: Sold out)

The official Stadia controller phone mount is now available for $15 on the Google Store (Update: Sold out)

If you've been playing playing the growing library of Stadia games on your phone, you're probably getting tired of finding ways to prop the thing up comfortably by now. Last month, Google announced that Power Support was developing a phone mount specifically for the Stadia controller. If you want to get that gadget, The Claw is now available on the Google Store for $15.

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Assistant button now active on the Google Stadia controller

Assistant button now active on the Google Stadia controller

Though it had a rocky launch, Google is beginning to gain its footing with Stadia and is now adding some functionality that had been previously promised but missing. The Google Assistant button on the controller had until now been inactive, displaying only a coming soon message on your screen upon being pushed. Today that's finally going to change, as Google activates Stadia's Assistant button.

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A YouTube channel had to literally destroy Google's Stadia controller to pry it open

A YouTube channel had to literally destroy Google's Stadia controller to pry it open

Now that orders for the Google Stadia Founders Edition and Premiere Edition have begun to reach their final destinations, it was only a matter of time before someone tore into the Stadia hardware to see what makes it tick. Forewarning: If you're still waiting for your own Stadia gear to arrive, you may want to look away. What follows is a painful montage of a Stadia Controller's journey to irreversible destruction, but its sacrifice sheds some light on why this controller wasn't built with modders (or repairs) in mind.

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