Google’s much-awaited game streaming service was finally announced today. What was previously known by its Project Stream codename will be launched later this year as Stadia. It will stream games to a variety of different platforms via the Chrome browser and Chromecast in addition to Pixel smartphones. Conventional USB controllers will work but Google has made a dedicated controller for Stadia as well.
This is the only piece of hardware that has got anything to do with Stadia. The gaming service itself doesn’t require a console or set-top box. It runs entirely on Google’s cloud which is immensely powerful and has a global reach.
This wireless game controller will connect over Wi-Fi which will give it access to the Internet. That would explain why there’s a dedicated Google Assistant button on it and why it can let players share gaming moments directly to YouTube with the press of a button.