Google Reveals the Stadia Controller

Google today revealed the Stadia Controller, a controller designed specifically for their new platform.

What Stadia is and how it works took up the bulk of today’s conference. However, Google did take some time to discuss one of the platforms first peripherals, the Stadia Controller.

Appearing like the baby of a Dualshock 4 and Xbox One controller, the Stadia Controller is Google’s take on the traditional gamepad. The controller limits latency by connecting to Stadia’s data center over wi-fi. Like the Dualshock 4, the Stadia Controller features a ‘Share’ button that delivers gameplay straight to YouTube. Right next to the Share button is a built-in Google Assistant button that’ll help players in-game should they get stuck.

The Stadia is completely optional to the Stadia experience. Players can use their current USB mice, keyboards, and controllers to play any Stadia game.

No pricing or release details yet, but we’ll likely get more at some point this summer.