The Stadia controllers by Google will not support Bluetooth headsets at launch. As a consequence, the users will have to use a set of wired headphones in the controller’s 3.5mm jack. The players will, however, get a workaround using a Pixel phone or Chrome to play Stadia games. The Bluetooth headphones can be paired with the PC or Pixel smartphones to privately listen to the game audio.
Andrey Doronichev, Stadia Product Director, posted on social news site Reddit AMA, “The Stadia controller comes with a headphone jack for wired audio but won’t support Bluetooth audio at launch in November. If you’re playing on the computer or a Pixel phone you can connect the BT headset to it directly and use it in Stadia.”
Regarding the Bluetooth connectivity query, the Stadia product page posted, “Product contains Bluetooth Classic radio. No Bluetooth Classic functionality is enabled at this time. Bluetooth Classic functionality may be implemented at a later date.”
Doronichev also mentioned that Stadia will not provide any free-to-play titles.
He said, “No free games on Stadia Base. But hey, Stadia Base gives you free access to the state-of-the-art gaming hardware in our datacentre. You spend your money to buy games you want.”
As confirmed by Google, Stadia would be available from November in 14 countries, including the US, the UK, and Canada. There’s no information about when other areas and territories will get the game.
Google is launching the future of gaming with Google Stadia. It is a cloud-based service available not only for high-end gaming PCs and consoles but it will cover a range of devices.