Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Stadia Controllers Won't Support Bluetooth Headsets At Launch

Stadia Controllers Won't Support Bluetooth Headsets At Launch

"Roughly one free game per month give or take", he added. A Stadia Base service will come in 2020 where you can simply purchase games outright. The latter of which, we've previously been told, will include access to a selection of games, and we now know that'll be around one game a month. The videogames themselves, however, can not be downloaded, so essentially if Stadia were to close, we would no longer have access to our games. Unfortunately, there will be no free games offered on the free tier, although that hopefully doesn't include completely free-to-play games like Fornite. It sounds like anyone who doesn't start a Pro subscription at launch and claim Destiny 2 within Stadia's first month will have to pay full price for it, and even with Destiny 2 cross save on the way, the lack of cross-platform multiplayer will hurt Stadia's Guardian population.

"We've been investing a ton in tech, infrastructure and partnerships over the past few years. Starting with Destiny 2".

You can call the forthcoming Google Stadia platform many things, but don't call it a "Netflix for games". In regards to "Stadia Base", Google's "free" version of Stadia, this means no free games period. From day one we'll support Takeout, so that you can download your game metadata, including saves if you want to.

"Stadia Pro will be a lot like Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus", according to Stadia's director of product Andrey Doronichev.

Assuring potential users that nothing of this sort will happen, Doronichev said, "There's nothing I can say now to make you believe if you don't". And while Doronichev said he "certainly hope [s] to have a few free to play games to announce in the next few months", that area doesn't seem to be an immediate focus for Stadia at the moment either.

While a Parental Dashboard will be available at launch in November, a Family Sharing feature won't come until a little later, but at least it's in the pipeline.

We mention this as the controller for Google Stadia, the firm's upcoming game streaming service, does not support Bluetooth headsets, which is a bit of an oddity. There are no console or PC requirements so you don't have to buy a new system to enjoy high-end games. Doronichev also said that any HID-compliant controller will be supported, and they'll work on adding more and more options as time goes by.

Another person asked about the chat and social features, and he answered, "At launch you'll be able to manage your friends list, create parties and use platform-level voice chat".

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