Google is making a new controller for its video game streaming service, and it's a little different than one for PlayStation or Xbox
Google on Tuesday introduced Stadia, its new video game streaming platform - and a new controller to go with it.
This controller, expected to launch alongside the service later this year, includes special features specifically designed for Google's game service. Google did not immediately share a price for this controller.
Unlike controllers designed by Microsoft, Sony, and other third-party accessory makers, Google's new remote isn't designed to work with any particular device, like a console or a PC. Since Stadia is meant to stream games to TVs, phones, laptops, and other gadgets, the controller connects directly to Google's data center via Wi-Fi. The controller then identifies which screen or device you'd like to play on and links with your game session running in the cloud.
That's a new way of thinking about video game controllers: Generally speaking, the traditional controller, as you'd find on an Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch, connects either physically or over Bluetooth directly to the gadget. The idea that the controller itself syncs up to Google's cloud is pretty novel - though it remains to be seen how well it'll work.
There are also two unique buttons on the controller: a key for sharing and saving gameplay to YouTube and a button for lauching the Google Assistant. Google says this button can be used to access the controller's built-in microphone to get assistance from Google's voice-activated helper for special in-game features created by developers.
The controller will be available in three colors: black, white, and a mint green shade.
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