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|USB-C, Cloud Direct|
- Must be connected via USB.
- Google developed the controller for Stadia. The controller includes two thumbsticks, a directional pad, four main face buttons, two sets of shoulder buttons, and five additional controller face buttons.
- The controller has the capability of connection over a wireless network, rather than through the device that the user is playing on, as to reduce the latency of controller communication with Stadia services.
- The controller is available in a variation of four colors at its launch.
- Controller has handsfree microphone and 3.5mm stereo headset jack.
- Controller is not working wirelessly with the exception of the Stadia games supported via WiFi connection.
- The Stadia controller has Bluetooth hardware, but it's only used for initial setup and configuration.
- 1 × microphone
- 2 × clickable analog sticks: L3, R3
- 2 × analog triggers: L2, R2
- 2 × digital shoulder buttons: L1, R1
- 9 × digital action buttons: 𝐀, 𝐁, 𝐗, 𝗬, ᴍᴇɴᴜ, ᴏᴘᴛɪᴏɴs, ɢᴏᴏɢʟᴇ ᴀssɪsᴛᴀɴᴛ, ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀᴇ, sᴛᴀᴅɪᴀ
- 4 × digital directional buttons (d-pad): ↑, ↓, ←, →
- Blinking white - The controller is ready for you to enter the linking code. It will take several seconds to link after entering a code.
- Solid white - The controller is on, linked to a screen and ready for gameplay.
- Blinking orange - The controller needs to be set up with WiFi. Open the Stadia App and tap the controller icon to set the controller up on your WiFi network.
- Blinking orange and white - New software is being applied to your Stadia Controller. The controller is not usable while this software is being applied.
- White double blink - You pressed the ɢᴏᴏɢʟᴇ ᴀssɪsᴛᴀɴᴛ button and the Assistant is ready to accept your query.
- Solid orange - The controller is charging. The status light will turn off when charging is complete.
- When the Stadia Controller is off, press and hold the Stadia button for 3 seconds until it vibrates twice - Re-enter linking mode.
- Quickly press the Stadia button once - Open the Stadia menu.
- Press and hold the Stadia button for 4 seconds - Turn off the controller.
- Press and hold the Stadia button for 1 second until the controller vibrates - Turn on the Stadia platform.
- Press and hold the Stadia button for 1 second while the Stadia platform is on - Open the Stadia platform menu.
- Press and hold the Stadia button for 8 seconds to turn off the controller (hard power down) - This can be useful as a reset procedure if your controller becomes unresponsive.
Use with PC platforms
- Stadia Wireless application allows to connect controller wirelessly to PC via Wi-Fi protocol. It consists of 2 parts, a python server running on desktop and a website accessible on mobile. Connect the controller to mobile using a type c cable and connect to the desktop as an Xbox Controller.
- Custom application reWASD lets remap whole controller and works on Windows 7 or newer. Software gives advanced customization options eg. reassigning buttons to keyboard or mouse actions, macros, activate custom modes etc.
- It is possible to use the controller as a Xinput Compatible controller (and thus, have better game support and rumble) when wired using this program : stadiacontroller
- Controller is not working wirelessly.
- Capture, Google Assistant and Stadia buttons can be remapped.
- Allows emulate virtual DS4 controller to play PS4 Remote Play or PS Now.
- Allows emulate virtual Xbox 360 controller to play XInput compatible games.
- Not free of charge. 14-days trial.
- Custom configs for Stadia controller can be found in official Community Configs Library maintained by reWASD users.
- Acting as native DirectInput controller, it's possible to use any of the generic wrappers. See the controller article for those.
- This controller is "Plug and Play" on Chrome OS.
- Controller is not working wirelessly.
- Google Assistant and Capture buttons works as design. It's not possible to remap them easily.
- Can be recognized as Xbox 360 controller but after manual assignment. Controller cannot be found in Supported Controller Database, so Steam recognizes it as standard DirectInput device.
- Not capable of making full use of Steam Input. Steam is not letting control Stadia button light and bind additional buttons (Capture and Google Assistant).
Steam Link compatibility
- Works without any drivers on any operating system that supports Steam.
- Can be used just to send input from a controller to a PC. Go into Streaming options, hit Y and disable video and audio streaming.
- Controller connected via USB works as expected.
- Won't work great unless you connect it to LAN or a low latency Wi-Fi.
Support In Games
- Support for some controller features may be only available on certain systems. Refer to game-specific articles for details.
Games in Tandem Mode
- When you link your Stadia Controller wirelessly to Stadia, you can plug a secondary controller directly into its USB-C port. When you press buttons on the secondary controller, it will act as though the primary controller's buttons are being pressed. This is called Tandem Mode.
- This is an early, experimental version of this feature that is intended to expand the input device options for Stadia players. A limited set of controllers are currently supported. Check below for more information. See more.
- Audio is not supported on the secondary controller, and when using Tandem Mode, the USB port on the primary controller can only be used for connecting the secondary controller.
- You can use either controller to play games on Stadia, or both at the same time.
- To use Tandem Mode, Stadia Controller must be linked wirelessly to Stadia.
- In Tandem Mode, inputs from both controllers are registered as if they're coming from your primary, wirelessly linked Stadia Controller. This means you and a second player can play in a cooperative “friend mode” where you share the game's inputs.
- Supported controllers (* - vibration supported):
- Stadia Controller*,
- Xbox Adaptive Controller,
- Xbox Series X/S Controllers*,
- Xbox One Controller*,
- Xbox One Elite Controller (Series 1 and 2)*,
- Xbox 360 Wired Controller,
- Xbox 360 Controller Wireless Adapter,
- Sony DualSense Controller*,
- Sony DualShock 4 Controller*,
- Sony DualShock 3 Controller,
- Switch Pro Controller,
- Valve Steam Controller,
- Valve Steam Controller Wireless Adapter.
|How to use Tandem Mode?|
Games with microphone support
- To be able to use microphone from gamepad, it's necessary to install additional software. By default it's used by Google Assistant.
- Games with implemented voice chat can use controller's microphone.
- VoiceBot and VoiceAttack allows to control games and applications by voice commands.
- List of Microphone-controllerd computer games.
- Total number of games: 2,274.
- The controller's button positions and colors, and the amount of buttons, differ considerably from those of other Xbox controllers. As such, the list below should be treated with some caution.
- Please note, that this is only list for games that offer XInput button prompts.
- Stadia button prompts can be downloaded from OpenGameArt.org and can be used for free due to public domain (CC0) license.
- Some may require use of Xbox 360 controller emulation. Refer to game-specific articles for details.
- Device name: Stadia Controller rev. A, HWID: 18D1:9400
|Controller button||Button label and axis|
|Options button||Button 9|
|Menu button||Button 10|
|Left stick (L3)||Button 7, X-axis, Y-axis|
|Right stick (R3)||Button 8, Z-axis, Z-rotation|
|Google Assistant button||Button 14|
|Capture button||Button 15|
|Stadia button||Button 11|
|D-pad up||POV up|
|D-pad down||POV down|
|D-pad left||POV left|
|D-pad right||POV right|