Google reveals multiplayer support and other new details for Stadia


In an updated FAQ section pertaining to Stadia, Google states in no uncertain terms that any game you purchase will always be playable on the service. For example, if Microsoft strikes a deal with a game publisher, leading to the publisher pulling the game from Stadia, you'd still be able to play the game on Stadia. The question of whether the Founder's Edition purchase is tied to the Google account used at time of purchase or can account be switched later, the Stadia team answered said any personal Google Account can be used to sign up. Cloud gaming is a relatively new thing with an unproven distribution model.

Google also mentions that controllers were created to be connected to WiFi for gameplay but they can be hardwired to a PC, tablet, or smartphone via a USB-C cable if the user prefers.

"In the future, it is possible that some games may no longer be available for new purchases, but existing players will still be able to play the game", reads an explanation by Google.

We've designed the Stadia Controller to work best on Stadia. So while Puerto Rico and Alaska will be able to enjoy Stadia, Hawaii, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands won't.

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During the last Stadia press conference, Google did mention that only certain mobile devices would officially have Stadia support at launch when November arrives. However, the Stadia account will support a maximum of four Stadia controllers during local multiplayer game play. Google's gaming platform, however, will only be available for the said devices if they already have access to the Stadia app. That's for playing games though and subscribers can manage their games on any recent Android or even iOS device. The company revealed most of the important information during E3 2019, but more information has arrived, courtesy of a Google Support page.

The search giant adds that the Stadia Controller uses Bluetooth Low Energy for the initial setup and then connects via Wi-Fi for gaming. In any scenario, users who have already purchased a title on Stadia need not worry about the title disappearing.

There is one category of device Google's not interested in supporting with Stadia: VR.