As it turns out, Google didn’t come out with a gaming console. After months of rumours, the company has finally addressed its gaming effort by unveiling the upcoming cloud-based gaming service, Stadia. Despite that though, the company did announce one new hardware last night in the form of a controller.
The new Stadia controller looked almost exactly like the patent that came into light recently. While its design is rather common, what made the controller unique is the fact that it is equipped with the dedicated Share button that allows gamers to seamlessly stream their game session to YouTube.
Additionally, there’s also another dedicated button specifically for Google Assistant. By pressing this button, it will activate the controller’s built-in microphone and allows gamers to use voice commands for certain actions such as to search for YouTube videos, initiate a game session, connect to a multiplayer game, and many more.
What made the controller even more interesting is the fact that it connects directly to Stadia through Wi-Fi connection instead of through Chromecast. We suppose that this design was implemented to address lag issues.
Just like Stadia itself, the availability and pricing for the controller are not known at the moment though. Meanwhile, do check out Google’s presentation once again and try to spot the legendary Konami code on the back of the controller which would activate a 3D render at Stadia’s section on Google Store US.
Go, give it a try although you need to manually change the store’s region from Malaysia to the United States.