Google has dropped the exclusivity of Stadia game streaming service from Pixel phones and expanded the support to Samsung Galaxy handsets, Razer Phones, and Asus ROG Phones. Apart from the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 devices, users of 19 other smartphone models (see list below) will be able to subscribe and play games on the platform. Google says that mobile Stadia gameplay will be available on tens of millions of new phones (27 models in total) that will get server-side update.
Stadia is even supported on Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9 and GalaxyNote 9 devices as well. Asus ROG Phone & ROG Phone II, and both the Razer phones have also got the support. USers of these phones will be able to see a “This screen” option in the Stadia for Android app. You need to have a Wi-Fi connection as the service is not supported on mobile connections. The quality of the game depends on the internet connection. Gamers can play games in resolutions up to 4K and 60 frames per second with HDR and 5.1 surround sound.
With Stadia, users can stream the very latest games via WiFi directly to any ROG Phone — including the upcoming next-generation ROG Phone — with no need for downloads. The [Google-Asus] partnership runs until 2021, and the Stadia app will be preloaded onto every next-generation ROG Phone in participating territories,' Asus said in a statement. The Stadia partnership with ROG covers the following territories: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the US.
Google had also unveiled three controllers when it launched the platform. Google Stadia is designed to deliver games anytime, on any type of screen be it a TV, laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone at any place with an internet connection. To play games, players need to have a subscription that costs $9.99/month. The Stadia Controller has to be connected by USB-C cable, and Bluetooth pairing should also work in most cases.