How to use Google Stadia Controller on your PC, PS5 and Xbox? [2022]

One of the latest cloud gaming technologies everyone has been raving about is the Google Stadia! Google Stadia is an online game streaming technology developed by Google. Ever since Stadia was launched, it has received immense love and an equal amount of hate as well. But, it’s all good because Goggles Stadia is constantly working to make it all better! Stadia lets you stream your favorite games on your PC, TV, Android or iOS devices and it relies heavily on a stable internet connection. To take your cloud gaming experience up a level, Stadia has introduced its very own compatible controller, the Google stadia controller. This controller consists of two thumbsticks, four main face buttons, a digital direction pad, two sets of shoulder buttons, and controller face buttons.

You can either use a Wifi connection to pair your controller with the device or you can connect via a USB-C cable. Connecting the Stadia controller via Wifi greatly helps in reducing input lag issues which is a common issue gamers and game developers everywhere struggle with. Google Stadia also supports Chromecast TV, Google TV, compatible Android devices and other Smart TVs. It’s not mandatory to use a Stadia controller for playing the games. You can use the touch screen controls on your mobile device as a virtual gamepad or if you’re playing the games on a computer, you can use the keyboard and miss to navigate through the game.It is indeed recommended to get the Stadia Controller to get the best cloud gaming experience that Google is willing to provide its users.

Now that you have your Google Stadia setup and the controller with you, I know you can’t wait to start playing! But, how do you set up the controller before you begin? Keep reading to know not to connect the Stadia controller to different devices on which you are streaming the games.

Connect Stadia Controller to your PC

As mentioned before, your Stadia controller requires a Wifi connection before you can start using it with your PC.

First, let’s  take a look at how to set up the Stadia controller.

  • Download the Stadia app on your phone or tablet or any compatible device.
  • On your controller, press and hold the Stadia button until the controller vibrates. The vibration indicates that the controller has been turned on.
  • In the Stadia app, click on the controller icon in the upper right corner.
  • Enable location access, WiFi, and Bluetooth
  • Once your controller is displayed in the list, click on it.
  • Click on Yes to confirm
  • Click on Continue for the microphone privacy statement
  • Choose whether or not you want to share diagnostic data
  • Then, click on connect to your WiFi (WiFi name)
  • Enter the password and click on Connect.

Your Stadia controller has notes been set up with a Wifi connection.

Now that you have connected the controller to your WiFi, let’s move on to the next step. The first and the easiest way to connect your controller to the PC is via the USB cable.

To do it wirelessly, follow the below steps,

  • Open Google Chrome and go to Google Stadia’s official website.
  • Sign in using your Google account credentials.
  • In the upper right corner, click on the controller icon.
  • On your controller, press and hold the Stadia button until it starts blinking with white light.
  • On the website, click on Connect controller.
  • Select the Stadia controller option.
  • You will be shown a code on the screen which you need to input using a controller.
  • Your controller will now be successfully linked to your PC!

Now, you can play your favorite Stadia games comfortably on your PC  with a super smooth gaming controller!

Connect Stadia controller to PS5 or Xbox

If you are trying to connect to your Google Stadia controller with your PS5 console to play games, that likely won’t work as you expect it to. Your can try physically tethering the controller to your PS5 by plugging in the USB-c cable, but it won’t give you a smooth experience. 

The Google Stadia controller has built-in Bluetooth hardware but it cannot be used to connect to the PS5 console wirelessly. The Bluetooth feature is only needed for the Stadia controller’s initial setup and configuration.

Whether you are trying to connect your Stadia controller to your PS5 or Xbox, the only way you can do it is by using the USB-C cable. But there’s no guarantee it will work as your respective console controllers do. Your DualShock or Xbox controller can be connected to play Google Stadia but using a Stadia controller on other gaming consoles just won’t give you the same experience

Google Stadia instantly lets you enjoy games up to 4K on your TV or PC! The controller also gives you access to all the Google sharing options that are built in Stadia. Plus, if you are trying to stream the games using your Chromecast then the Google Stadia is the only way to go about it. Stadia is the only controller that Chromecast supports. Google Stadia controller has its own way of making your gaming experience worth it!

The Stadia controller is indeed special because it communicates directly with the servers from which your game is being streamed. This really helps in reducing lag issues to a great extent and that’s why the Google Stadia is one of the most sought after controllers. Lag issues are common in the cloud gaming services available today in the market but Google Stadia has taken the leap in minimizing lag issues for its users to enjoy a seamless gaming experience! Now that you know how to set up and pair your controller to the device, it’s time to start playing your favorite games!