Following the announcement that Google Stadia will be shutting down in January, fans of the service are looking for ways to save its controller from becoming e-waste by connecting it wirelessly to other systems.
While the Stadia controller can already be used with a wired connection with PCs, Macs, and smartphones, a wireless connection via Bluetooth is currently limited to the soon-to-be-defunct Stadia platform. This hasn’t stopped fans from devising workarounds.
One approach is to use an Android device as a transmitter. LateStageTech, a YouTube creator, demonstrated last year how his app, Wiredless Pro, allows users to connect wired controllers to an Android device, which then wirelessly sends the signal to a PC.
Then, in October, YouTuber Benjaninja demonstrated that this method, with a few caveats, works with Stadia controllers.
Neither of the Stadia controller’s trigger buttons were recognized in Benjaninja’s demonstration, which could limit the number of games that can be played using this method.
The Stadia controller’s requirement to be physically connected to an Android device is also less than ideal for those who prefer to avoid a wired connection entirely.
Another method, developed by engineer Parth Shah, is only available on PC and requires a little more effort. Shah’s approach, as reported by Digital Trends, requires users to install Python 3 on their PC and download version 1.2.0 of his software from GitHub.
Then they can follow Shah’s instructions to download the ZIP file and run a file named server.exe within it. In their PC System Tray, a Stadia icon will appear, along with a URL that must be entered into a browser on the Android device connected to the Stadia controller.
This method still necessitates a wired connection between the Stadia controller and an Android device, but all buttons appear to be functional in Shah’s demonstration.
Some Stadia users have requested that Google enable the Bluetooth capabilities built into the Stadia controller to facilitate these connections. Google has acknowledged these requests and is investigating the possibility of a firmware update to make them a reality.
For the time being, a wired connection remains a viable option for preventing the controllers from becoming e-waste.