Google Stadia support is the only thing standing in the way of you being able to play triple-A videogame titles no matter where you are — provided you have an active Wi-Fi connection.
Initially, Google Stadia only released with support for gaming on Chrome browsers, the Chromecast Ultra, and Google Pixel phones. Luckily, the official list of supported phones is steadily growing, with more being added as the game streaming platform matures and develops.
If you live in the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Ireland, or the Netherlands, you can enjoy gaming with the cloud service using your smartphone, browser, and TV with a supported Chromecast streaming dongle.
Devices “officially” supported by Google Stadia
- Google Pixel 2/2 XL
- Google Pixel 3/3 XL
- Google Pixel 3a/3a XL
- Google Pixel 4/4 XL
- Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/S8 Active
- Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+
- Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+
- Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10/10+
- OnePlus 8/8 Pro
- ASUS ROG Phone/ROG Phone II
- Razer Phone, Razer Phone II
As of June 11, 2020, Google has now added “official” Stadia support for a further wave of smartphones these include:
- OnePlus 5, 5T
- OnePlus 6, 6T
- OnePlus 7 Pro, 7, 7 Pro 5G
- OnePlus 7T, 7T Pro, 7T Pro 5G
- OnePlus 8, 8 Pro
Can I play without a supported smartphone?
The good news is “yes.” Previously, there were (and still are) some unofficial methods to get Google Stadia working on a smartphone that doesn’t have “official” support, but these are buggy and can be frustrating at best — therefore ruining your gaming experience.
However, Google has brought experimental support for Stadia for all Android smartphones. Not only will this open up the service to a wider collection of smartphones, but it should also help grow the game-streaming services even further still. How does this differ from “official” support though?
Well, as this feature is “still in development,” Google has explicitly warned that “not every phone will work perfectly.” Phones on the official list from Google, Samsung, Asus, and Razer feature a more optimized experience, and the Stadia team plans to continue adding more devices over time.
The only other option is to use the Google Chrome mobile app and launch the “Desktop site” option to mimic usage on a desktop or laptop device. This can be particularly buggy at times and isn’t the best way to experience the Stadia streaming service. We suggest trying the app even if your smartphone does not have “official” support for Google Stadia.
You will need to connect a controller, either wired or via Bluetooth to play your online Stadia game library. We also suggest a smartphone controller holder, which will make your gaming sessions easier to manage. It’s also worth noting that you will have to connect a headset separately to enjoy in-game voice chat unless you use the official Stadia controller.
Further, even if your smartphone doesn’t support Google Stadia, you can still play on almost any computer as long as you are using Google Chrome as your browser. That includes Windows, macOS, Linux, and even Chromebooks!
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- How to ‘appear offline’ while playing Google Stadia
- Google Stadia free tier: How to sign up, features explained
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