YOU can now play Xbox One and PS4 games on almost ANY Android phone thanks to Google Stadia.
The popular game-streaming service is designed to replace traditional consoles, and works on both your PC and mobile.
Launched last year, Google has now expanded the number of smartphones that can use the technology. Stadia still doesn't work on iPhone, though.
Check out the full list of phones compatible with the service below.
What is Google Stadia?
Google Stadia is a game streaming service that lets you play console-level titles on smartphones and laptops.
Normally, a games console renders graphics on the machine – requiring powerful and expensive hardware.
Stadia renders the graphics on a Google computer and sends them to you over the internet, a bit like Netflix.
It means you can play games on really rubbish devices, including smartphones or the Google Chrome web browser.
The service costs £119, and includes a Chromecast Ultra and three months of access to Stadia Pro's free library of games.
You can also buy additional games from the Stadia store.
A "free" tier called Stadia Base was added in April that lets you buy your own games to play at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.
Google Stadia supported devices – here are the smartphones you can play on
Stadia can be played with a variety of gamepads on a computer, on a TV with a Chromecast Ultra, and on the following mobile devices:
- Pixel 2, 2XL, 3, 3XL, 3a, 3a XL, 4, 4XL
- Samsung S8, S8+, S8 Active, Note 8
- Samsung S9, S9+, Note 9
- Samsung S10, S10+, Note 10, Note 10+
- Samsung S20, S20+, S20 Ultra
- OnePlus 5, 6, 7, 7 Pro, 7 Pro 5G, 8, 8 Pro
- OnePlus 5T, 6T, 7T, 7T Pro, 7T Pro 5G
- Asus ROG Phone, ROG Phone II
- Razer Phone, Razer Phone II
It's worth remembering that Google plans to add even more devices to these lists over time, so don't be too disappointed if your mobile isn't on there yet.
Remember that cloud gaming requires a fast, stable internet connection for the best experience.
Try to reduce the number of other gadgets connected to your WiFi when you play for a better connection.
How to get Google Stadia
You can download the Google Stadia app by heading to the Google Play Store.
Once downloaded, create an account and sign in. Remember, there's now a free tier that charges you no monthly fee (though you still pay for games).
Open settings, tap “Experiments,” and then toggle "Play on this device."
You can even connect a controller to your smartphone for a more traditional gaming experience. More on that on Google's website here.
Video game streaming – how does it work?
We explain it all…
- When you watch a movie, the images you see are already prepared
- That's why very unsophisticated computers inside your TV, DVD player, or computer can playback film footage
- But video games render the visuals in real-time, because a game never knows what you'll do next
- That means you need much more computing heft to produce game visuals, compared to a standard movie
- So if you want amazing 4K PC-style graphics, you'll need to fork out for an expensive computer
- Alternatively, you could use game streaming technology
- The idea is that a company like Google, Microsoft or Sony would handle the generation of the visuals on powerful computers at its own HQ
- Then it would send what's effectively a video of that game to your smartphone
- You tap and play, and those commands get sent back to Microsoft or Sony, which then inputs them into the game, and sends you the visuals again
- Because modern internet connections are so fast, this all happens in milliseconds
- The resulting effect is 4K PC-style graphics on a smartphone – which is only possible because it's not the phone itself rendering the graphics
- It also means that you could potentially be playing an Xbox or PlayStation game on your console, and then leave the house and carry on playing using your iPhone
- This sort of technology could eventually kill off gaming consoles for good, because all you'd need is a TV with game-streaming tech built in, and a controller to play with
- But game streaming is still trying to get off the ground
- Sony bought a game-streaming called OnLive, but shut it down in 2015
- Google launched the relatively successful Stadia last year
- And Microsoft is currently preparing to launch its xCloud streaming service
Google Stadia games list
Here are just some of the games you can play on Stadia:
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey
- Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
- Baldur's Gate 3
- Borderlands 3
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Darksiders Genesis
- Destiny 2: The Collection
- Destroy All Humans!
- DOOM Eternal
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2
- Farming Simulator 19
- FINAL FANTASY XV
- Football Manager 2020
- Get Packed
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Gods & Monsters
- Just Dance 2020
- Marvel's Avengers
- Metro Exodus
- Mortal Kombat 11
- NBA 2K20
- Orcs Must Die! 3
- Rage 2
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
- SAMURAI SHODOWN
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Supercross 3
- The Crew 2
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Tom Clancy's The Division 2
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Trials Rising
- Watch Dogs Legion
- Windjammers 2
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
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