Stadia is getting a boost.
of googleMoving to new equipment. On Monday, the search giant announced it would begin rolling out a cloud-based video game service for its own As well as some other Android TV-powered televisions and devices on June 23.
Those tools include:
- Hisense U7G, U8G and U9G Android TVs
- and Shield TV Pro
- Philips 8215, 8505 and OLED 935/805 Android TV Android
- Xiaomi Mi Box 3 and Mi Box 4
Like other Android TV or Google TV apps, you’ll be able to download Stadia from the Play Store, with a Stadia Pro subscription running $10 per month and you’re getting free games every month, discounts to purchase certain titles, and access to play. Capability in 4K HDR.
Those who don’t want to pay for a subscription can create a free account with a Gmail address. There are some free games and demos that you can play without a Pro subscription and you can also buy and play games directly, although streaming is limited to 1080p resolution.
The company notes that Android TV devices that aren’t on the initial list will still be able to download and run the service, as long as you “opt out experimental support.” It warns that “this feature is still in development and not every Android TV OS device will work fully,” should it be functional.
A rival to Xbox and PlayStation consoles, Google said its service has more than 180 games that are available to play on phones, laptops and TVs.
You’ll need an Internet connection of at least 10 megabits per second and a Stadia remote or “compatible Bluetooth controller” to play on a TV or TV-connected device. A list of gamepads can be found on Google’s Stadia support site, though it appears that the company has yet to update the page to reflect the new expansion.
FirstGoogle has previously limited Stadia streaming on televisions to its Chromecast Ultra Streaming Stick and its Stadia controller.
The service is also available in the Chrome browser, some Android phones (Google’s list of officially supported devices can be found here), and as the Safari web app on iPhones and iPads. Those devices are capable of playing the streaming service with controllers from other remotes such as Xbox One, DualShock 4 or Switch Pro.