In 2019, Google entered the video game market by launching Stadia, its cloud gaming platform. But at launch, it was only possible to play via this platform on Android smartphones of the Pixel brand from the Mountain View company. And it’s only been since February that it has finally made it possible to play on models from other brands, such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 or the ASUS ROG Phone II. And little by little, Google should add more models to the list of devices that are officially compatible with Stadia.
In addition, Google may soon allow Stadia users to play on non-certified smartphones. In any case, this is what is suggested by an article published a few days ago by the 9to5Google site. This information was deduced by the media, following a decompilation and an analysis of the code of the .apk file of Stadia for Android.
In essence, 9to5Google believes that Google will soon update this application so that it allows players to play, even on smartphones that are not (yet) officially compatible with Stadia. The Mountain View company would nevertheless plan to display a message warning that the experience could be worse: “The mobile gameplay on this device is under development. The use of this feature may affect the performance of the game and may be disabled at any time. "
But despite that, we don't expect it to be possible to play on all Android smartphones. However, some smartphones that could later be certified (and that meet certain technical criteria) should therefore allow you to play on the Stadia platform.
Touch control, voice chat and game demos
Exploring Stadia's .apk file exposed other features that Google seems to be working on. And among these, there is the touch control. In essence, if a game launches when no controller is detected, the Stadia app could offer the player the option of using virtual buttons on the touch screen. This touch control could also be offered on games where it is more appropriate than using a controller.
The Stadia app for Android may also soon support voice chats that allow players to communicate while they play, and Google may soon allow publishers to offer demos, free trials, and free weekends for their games. .
But while waiting for all these new products to be officially announced by Google, caution is advised.