Google Stadia to Android TV
Finally Giant search engine Google is bringing Stadia to Android TV on June 23rd
It’s been a very long time for such a huge selling feature to be added to the Android TV officially that we’d begun thinking that Google had put an end to unveil. Finally, the Giant search engine Google has confirmed that it’s bringing an official Stadia client to Android TV, including the Chromecast with Google TV stick and others in a couple of week’s time.
Televisions and video games have gone together since the beginning. It only makes sense: If you want to play a AAA video game, you often want to do it on the biggest, best screen in the house. So we're a bit mystified that, just now, 18 months after launch, Google's video game platform will support Google's television platform.
Google has announced that starting this month, Stadia will have support for Android TV. First up is official support for the following devices:
Chromecast with Google TV
Hisense Android Smart TVs (U7G, U8G, U9G)
Nvidia Shield TV
Nvidia Shield TV Pro
Walmart Onn FHD Streaming Stick and UHD Streaming Device
Philips 8215, 8505, and OLED 935/805 Series Android TVs
Xiaomi MIBOX3 and MIBOX4
The Stadia client will be able to be downloaded to any Android TV device, although only a handful are officially supported at this time. That won’t stop you from enabling the “experimental support” toggle in Settings so you can open the app on your particular Android TV device, though so long as you understand that the experience might not be optimal.
Google adds that for Android TV devices are not on this list, users will be able to "opt into experimental support to play Stadia." The company warns, "While this feature is still in development and not every Android TV OS device would work perfectly, you can now try out Stadia and play your favorite games on more screens than ever before."
You’ll still need a Stadia Controller or compatible Bluetooth controller (Xbox, PS4, etc) to play Stadia titles on your Android TV device but at least the entry-level is more accessible. To get started, install the Stadia app from the Play Store, launch it from the “My Apps” row on your TV, and press “Continue” at the opt-in screen.
One of the big selling points of cloud gaming services like Stadia is that because your game is streamed over the Internet, the hardware requirements for graphically intensive games no longer apply. For Stadia, that has been the case if you're using Chrome on a desktop computer or Android on a phone. You can use all sorts of existing Xbox and Playstation controllers on those platforms, but Google has yet to reach this point on Android TV, which represents Stadia's biggest potential TV platform.
Stadia launched with one option for TV playback: the Chromecast Ultra, which was bundled with the controller in the $100 Stadia Premiere package. The bundle is still for sale, but as a standalone product, the Chromecast Ultra was discontinued in September 2020. The Chromecast Ultra's replacement is the "Chromecast with Google TV," a new product that converts the Chromecast from "dumb media receiver" to something that runs an Android TV-based operating system (Google TV is just the next version of Android TV) with a user interface and the ability to install apps.