Speaking of, you may not even need to bring a controller with you if you want to play Stadia on your phone or tablet. The app’s new mobile touch controls overlay transparent buttons, analog sticks and a directional pad onto the screen. You can use these in place of a controller for any Stadia game. This type of setup can be frustrating, but it might do in a pinch. To try it out, load a game without a controller connected and select “Try touch gamepad.”
While these updates probably won’t convince those skeptical of Stadia to join Google’s cloud gaming service, it does show that the company is putting some thought into it and is helping users get more out of their investment. Hopefully more improvements are on the way.