Stadia always seemed like a perfect fit for Googles homegrown smart TV OS, and now, more than 18 months after Stadias initial debut, Google is finally adding native support for Stadia to a range of Android TV and Google TV devices on June 23.
When Stadia was first released, the best way to stream games from the cloud to your TV was to hook up a Chromecast Ultra, as Google had yet to add official support for Stadia to Android TV devices. (Technically, you could sideload the Stadia app on Android TV devices, but stability was often hit-or-miss). And even after Google released its own first-party streaming TV dongle in the Chromecast with Google TV last year, Google said built-in Stadia support wouldnt arrive on Google TV until sometime in 2021.
But, in just a couple weeks, it seems Google is finally ready to make good on its promise by adding official support to the Chromecast with Google TV and other Android TV devices on June 23.
According to a new blog post, the list of Android TV devices getting full support Stadia are as follows:
- The Chromecast with Google TV
- Hisense Android Smart TVs (U7G, U8G, U9G)
- Nvidia Shield TV
- Nvidia Shield TV Pro
- Onn FHD Streaming Stick and UHD Streaming Device
- Philips 8215, 8505, and OLED 935/805 Series Android TVs
- Xiaomi MIBOX3 and MIBOX4
While this clearly isnt every single Android TV box on the market, Google says that if the device you have isnt listed above, youll still be able to stream games with Stadia by opting into an experimental support feature. Google also says that starting June 23, all youll need to do to get Stadia support is to download the Stadia app from the Google Play Store (and hit the Continue button to opt-in if needed).
As usual, once you get the Stadia app installed, youll need to make sure you have a supported gamepad, which can either be an official Stadia controller or one of many compatible third-party Bluetooth controllers.
While it may have taken longer than expected, Google finally adding built-in support for Stadia to Google TV and Android TV devices is a big milestone for Googles game streaming service as Stadia will soon be available to play on a lot more devices.
Oh, and as an extra bonus, today AT&T announced a new deal that gives both AT&T wireless and AT&T fiber internet customers a free six-month Stadia Pro subscription, with customers who redeem the offer also eligible to buy a discounted Stadia controller/Chromecast Ultra bundle for just $20 (which is down from its normal retail price of $100).