Technology Google keeps face-planting on the small stuff with latest Stadia launch gaffe
Google Stadia controller's wireless capability will be limited at launch
If you were planning to play Stadia games on your computer or phone while using its official controller, you'll have to get used to being tethered to your device with a USB-C cable. The Google Stadia controller's wireless capability will only work on TV with a Chromecast Ultra at launch, the tech giant has revealed in a fine print on a Stadia video. A Google Community Manager handling the Stadia subreddit has confirmed the information and also clarified that you'll need the official controller to play games through Chromecast Ultra.
On June 6th, Google opened up preorders for the $130 “Founder’s Edition” of, promising those buyers would be the first to experience the future of gaming — and reserve a unique username. Though Stadia is now live, many buyers are reporting they haven’t received the most crucial piece of the entire Stadia package: the invite email that opens the door to actually let them in.
Many on Stadia’s official Discord server are performing what they’re calling a “code check” to let others know whether their codes have been sent, and whether their devices have actually been shipped.
Google Stadia wireless controller needs a wire to work on Pixel phones and laptops
Google aims to kill consoles in the near future with an alternative of its own that doesn’t even require you to buy an actual gaming rig for your living room. Instead. Google Stadia will handle all the processing on its own servers and stream the gameplay to your desired screen over the internet for any game you’ve previously bought. You’ll only need to buy the wireless Google Stadia controller and a Chromecast to turn your TV into a game-ready machine. However, that controller needs a wired connection if you plan on streaming games to a supported Pixel device or a PC.
On Reddit, Googleit was investigating the issue:
We’re aware that some of you who pre-ordered Founder’s Edition may not have received your invite codes in the expected time-frame. The Stadia team is actively investigating this issue, and we’ll be back with an update as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
But Google didn’t actually address the delay when it completed that investigation.
We’re sorry for the delayed responses. We’ve identified an issue where a small fraction of Stadia access codes were sent out of order. That has been addressed. We’ve continued to roll out codes in the sequence in which we received your pre-order. We look forward to seeing you on Stadia.
And on Twitter, the official Google Stadia accountsuggesting a delay wasn’t necessarily unexpected:
Google says you might have to wait to play Stadia, even if you preorder
Founder’s Editions and Premiere Editions will be sent on a first-come, first-served basisToday, Google tells The Verge that neither set of buyers will necessarily be able to play at 9AM PT on November 19th, the moment that Stadia launches, because Google’s shipping out kits in the order they were received, and the new Premiere Edition apparently won’t have shipped by that date.
Hey Founder, thanks for your tweet. Founders whose orders were shipped on Nov 18 will begin receiving their access codes throughout the day on Nov 19 and 20 — sit tight!— Stadia (@GoogleStadia)
That’s not what Google promised — not a vague “maybe by the end of November 20th” date. The company promised that at least the initial wave of Founders would be able to play on day one. Here’s how the company appeased early customerswhen telling them about some of the other misses at launch:
Stadia IS NOT A BOX! You don’t need our hardware to start playing, remember? Right after we ship your order (but not earlier than 9AM PST 11/19), we’ll send you an email with the invite code. You can use it immediately to create your account and reserve your Stadia name in the Stadia app on Android or iOS. Just for clarity: the first day is a little special, if we ship your order on 11/18, you’ll receive the code on 11/19.”
Stadia hits Google's Play Store ahead of its debut this month
Google is set to flip the switch on its Stadia game streaming service this month. While you can play through Chrome or your TV (with Chromecast Ultra), you'll also be able to run games like Destiny 2 and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey on some Pixel devices. To help you get ready for the big day on November 19th, Google has added the Stadia app to the Google Play Store. You'll be able to use the app, which will eventually be available on iOS and other Android devices, to manage your account and controllers, buy titles and start games on Chromecast Ultra.
Why, for that matter, does Google need to wait to send out these codes until the physical devices ship at all? I thought Stadia wasn’t a box.
For now, this is just one more surprise disappointment in a long series of surprise disappointments. It actually seems a little minor compared to thethat Stadia’s servers can’t actually run flagship titles at 4K.
By the way, the controller clip that Stadia early adopters will need to mount a phone to their gamepad. It will not surprise you that it’s not yet available for purchase.
Google Stadia members can hand out free three-month passes .
It's coming roughly a week after launch, but you now have a way to try Google Stadia without paying provided you have the right connections. Google is rolling out its promised Buddy Passes to Stadia Founder's Edition buyers, giving them free access to Stadia Pro for three months. If you're a Stadia subscriber, you'll see an envelope icon in the mobile app that contains an invitation code you can send. If you're the recipient, you just have to redeem the code in the Stadia app to start playing.There are caveats.
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