A controller acquainted to hardcore gamers, however with accessible options in thoughts.
Throughout my time chatting with Google’s Phil Harrison in regards to the Google Stadia reveal, I received to truly see and maintain the Stadia controller. And the largest shock about it was that, for a controller paired with a streaming platform aiming to spark a revolution, it feels so acquainted.
I did not get to play something with the Stadia controller however holding it felt instantly comfy and recognizable. It had the tough form and grip of a Nintendo Swap Professional controller with the symmetrical analog stick structure of a PS4 DualShock four controller. There is a good heft to the controller, getting near that indescribable dream controller weight halfway between a hole piece of plastic and a easy rock.
Half the controller had a extra textured, rubber-y really feel to it, whereas the extra plastic faceplate appeared sturdy and nicely made. (A consultant for Google declined, nonetheless, to debate specifics in regards to the manufacturing components of the controller — as quickly as we study extra, we’ll make sure you let you recognize.) The intense white of the controller I held seemed stunning, although I think about it will likely be simple to see any filth and dirt buildup, whereas the pop of orange provides a pleasant stylistic accent to the black-and-white design.
And the button structure felt acquainted and responsive. The analog sticks moved in addition to I might count on, button and triggers clicked and sprung again nicely, and the few further components, like buttons for Google Assistant and video seize, by no means received in the best way of the extra conventional button setup. (And whereas the Konami Code appeared on the controller in its reveal video, the model I went hands-on with did not have the code inscribed on it.)
General, the controller felt as well-produced as some other first-party controller I might count on, and I would be fairly blissful to comfortably spend a couple of hours straight enjoying a recreation with it. I got here away impressed by the design but additionally shocked by the familiarity of the construct Google went with. Whereas I initially thought such a conventional, hardcore controller was at odds with the extra buttons, they make sense in context.
As Google endeavors for Stadia to convey streamers and gamers extra carefully collectively, giving each participant the choice to simply press a button and seize gameplay to add to YouTube blurs that line even additional. The seize button on the Swap and PS4’s Share button on the DualShock four are nice progenitors to the concept recreation experiences ought to be shared. And the Google Assistant button, whereas positively extra useful, in my thoughts, to gamers much less initiated in gaming, however, let’s be trustworthy, we may all use a little bit assist from time to time with a tough boss battle or puzzle.
I requested Harrison about that discrepancy, although, in wanting Stadia to achieve a large viewers, probably those that do not play conventional console or PC video games as repeatedly as others, with a controller that’s so much like what we have already skilled.
“To achieve the largest potential viewers, most likely a one-button controller is what you want,” Harrison joked. “However that may be a little bit bit limiting from a recreation design viewpoint.
“I do not assume we’re finished with our person interface choices for the long run. However for now, that is the controller that may begin Stadia. Our platform can assist a number of enter methodologies in [the] future, however nothing to announce at the moment.”
Harrison did level to the truth that different third-party controllers which are HID compliant — which embody the “overwhelming majority of controllers loved by PC gamers at the moment,” in response to Harrison — are additionally practical with Stadia. However, he spoke of the Stadia controller as having “the absolutely rounded expertise” for these desirous to reap the benefits of Stadia’s many sharing and AI options.
We’ve way more in regards to the Google Stadia on IGN, together with Harrison’s remarks on Google Stadia’s plans for third-party assist, and that there have been “by no means” plans for a Google Stadia console, regardless of pre-announcement rumors.
For extra on Stadia, make sure you try IGN’s complete breakdown of Google Stadia’s reveal and our opinion piece on why Google is so nicely located to convey recreation streaming to gamers with Stadia.
Moreover, make sure you try what Google’s claims about Stadia’s teraflop energy precisely imply.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Information editor and PlayStation lead, in addition to host of Podcast Past!. Speak to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.