Stadia is a cloud gaming service developed and operated by Google. It is capable of streaming video games to players at up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range (HDR) via the company’s numerous data centers.
Google developed its own controller for Stadia. It has two thumbsticks, a directional pad, four main face buttons, two sets of shoulder buttons, and five additional controller face buttons. To use the controller, players can either plug it into a compatible device with a USB cable, or connect it over Wi-Fi to a local network for a direct connection to Google’s Stadia servers, which reduces input lag. The controller has been available since launch in three color schemes, “Clearly White”, “Just Black”, and “Wasabi”; the “Founder’s Edition” bundle included a limited-edition “Midnight Blue” controller.