Have you ever wondered about what devices are supported for Google Stadia?
When it comes to playing games on Google Stadia, one of the biggest attractions is arguably the fact that the platform can support gaming on many different devices. Indeed, many people find the prospect of putting down a game on one device—for example, on their laptop—only to then be able to pick up again from where they left off on their mobile device, tablet, or smart TV when a better time presents itself.
So far, we have not known very much about the specific devices that will be supported for Google Stadia. We know, for example, that Stadia will be available to play on mobile and tablet devices—but will Stadia be playable on Apple iPhones, or is the Google Pixel phone the only model that will allow people to play their favorite Google Stadia games on the go?
What Devices are Supported for Google Stadia?
Google Stadia gamers have been waiting for many months now to find out about the devices that will be supported for their Stadia gaming. We have previously only been aware of the fact that Google Chrome will be required in order to run Stadia; further details have been hazy at best. Thankfully, Google have now taken the time to announce which devices will support Google Stadia at launch.
Google Stadia for Laptops
Google Stadia will be able to run on both PCs and Macs without problem, provided that the devices have Google Chrome installed. Macs will require MacOS X 10.9 and higher, while PCs will need at least Windows 7 in order to run Google Stadia effectively.
Google Stadia for Smart TVs
Ever wanted to play your favorite games on the biggest screen in your home, directly from the smallest screen that is your mobile? Well, now you can; Google Stadia will be able to run on any smart TV that has a HDMI port. The early access Google Stadia Founder’s Edition and the Premiere Edition both come with a Chromecast Ultra device that will allow people to stream games directly onto their Smart TVs! Of course, in order to play games on a Stadia Pro membership in ultra high, 4K definition and resolution, a Smart TV will need to be a 4K TV itself.
Tablet gaming is not known for being all that great, but Google Stadia could change all of that! Google Stadia games will be playable on any tablet device at launch that has Google Chrome installed, giving gamers a large amount of freedom to choose any gaming experience that they might want! From big titles such as Google Stadia Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to smaller and more relaxed games, there is sure to be something for everyone when Google Stadia comes to tablet gaming!
Mobile phones often have the worst possible selection of games for gamers, with the only worthwhile games on mobile devices often being puzzle games and the like; any other type of game is generally simplistic and only worth playing for an hour at most! Luckily, Google Stadia gaming could help to revolutionize the nature of mobile gaming—on a limited number of devices. At launch, we now know that Google Stadia will be available on a number of Pixel mobile devices (including the Pixel 2, the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3A, and the Pixel 4).
However, Google have not mentioned that Google Stadia will be playable with other brands of mobile devices, so Apple phone owners will still have to wait patiently to see whether or not they will be able to play Google Stadia games.
Looking to the Future
Currently, the devices mentioned above are the ones which will be available for gamers to play their favorite games on at the launch of Google Stadia—but this does not necessarily mean that the above list is exhaustive. Indeed, it sounds so far like the only mobile devices will be Pixel phones, however, this could potentially change in the weeks and months following the release of Stadia.
Google haven’t said that the device list is exhaustive, and so theoretically it seems likely that Apple mobile devices will be added to the list of compatible devices at some point in the future; Google would be discouraging a large potential market if they were to only offer games for their own mobile devices, and the fact that Apple tablets and Macs seem to be supported—it hasn’t been mentioned that they aren’t—suggests that other brands of mobiles could be supported at some point as well.
What do you think? Will Google extend its offering to other mobile devices, or will the above selection (Macs, PCs, Smart TVs, Tablets, and Pixel phones) be the only options for Stadia gaming? Let us know your thoughts and hopes in the comments below!