At the Game Developers Conference, Google unveiled its vision for the future of video games: a cloud streaming service called Stadia that gives instant access to play games across Chromebooks, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. While it will be compatible with keyboards and other input devices, Google will also release its own proprietary Stadia controller, and now we know how it looks.
The Stadia controller was shown off in three different color schemes. It connects to Google’s servers through Wi-Fi, and it identifies what screen you want to play on. In addition to the standard array of inputs, it also features two unique buttons: one is a capture button that allows you to share and save gameplay to YouTube, while the other is a Google Assistant button, which allows players to access the controller’s built-in microphone to get gameplay advice from an assistant.
The streaming tech appears similar to a test than ran last year, when Google partnered with Ubisoft for Project Stream. That service allowed testers to try Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free through a Chrome browser. The company also hired Jade Raymond, best known for her work at Ubisoft and EA.