Stadia Support Officially Arrives Next Year for New Chromecast With Google TV
The new Chromecast is available today, but Stadia support won't be available until next year.
Last night, during a Google Launch Night In event, a new Chromecast dongle was introduced that comes with Google TV. You’d think there’d be support for Google Stadia, the company’s game streaming service, especially considering it’s available today in the US for $49 and is…well, a Google product. Instead, official support won’t be available until next year.
The new Chromecast with Google TV will not support Stadia at least until the first half of 2021 according to the official Stadia Twitter account. It does inform users to stay tuned for updates, but we probably won’t hear anything until next year.
Thanks for your tweet, Shaun. Chromecast with Google TV will be supported on Stadia in the first half of 2021. We’d suggest keeping an eye on our social channels and community for updates.
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) September 30, 2020
Chromecast Ultra devices, the one that Stadia does work on, are no longer available to purchase individually as well. And according to the Twitter account, the only way to grab one is through purchasing the Google Stadia Premiere Edition which is $100. It also says that it’s taking the inability to purchase a Chromecast Ultra individually as feedback and. you guessed it, asks users to “Stay tuned for updates!”.
Despite the new Chromecast with Google TV not having Stadia support, The Verge was able to get it running through sideloading. But as for official support, if you’d rather not fiddle around with APKs and mess about with files, then you’re probably best waiting until the official support arrives sometime next year.
The Chromecast with the brand new Google TV is available now in the US in three different colors with a handy remote with quick access buttons. It will be launching to other countries by the end of 2020. Google Stadia is still being heavily supported with new games arriving for the service,