Can I play Stadia on Google TV?
Best answer: Yes, you can play Stadia games on Google TV. There's a limited list of hardware that officially supports the functionality, but any device that can run Google TV will play Stadia games in some capacity.
Official Google TV devices
If you've ever asked yourself if you can play Stadia on Google TV, there are a couple things you need to know. It's important to note when Google Stadia first launched in November 2019, users could stream games directly to their PC and some mobile devices through the cloud. However, during that time, the only way to play Stadia games through your TV was through the company's own Chromecast Ultra device with a Stadia controller.
However, times change. Google announced in mid-2021 it was extending Stadia support to more existing hardware. The list of officially supported Android TV and Google TV devices includes the following:
- Chromecast with Google TV
- DirecTV Stream Device
- Hisense Android Smart TVs (U7G, U8G, U9G)
- MagentaTV One
- Nokia Streaming Box 8000
- Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro
- Onn FHD Streaming Stick and UHD Streaming Device
- Panasonic JX800 series (Europe)
- Philips Android TVs from 2019 (7304 and higher) and 2020 (8505 and higher)
- Philips 4K TVs from 2021 and 2022
- Philips 7-series Google TV
- Sharp Aquos (EQ, EP, EL, EN series) (Europe)
- Sony Bravia (Z9J, A90J, A80J, X95J, X92, X91J, X90J, X85J, X80J, X900H, X9000H)
- Strong Leap-S1 Android TV box
- TCL 5-Series and 6-Series (with Google TV)
- TiVo Stream 4K
- Verizon Stream TV, Stream TV Soundbar, and Stream TV Soundbar Pro
- Xiaomi Mi Box 3 and Mi Box 4
The addition of new devices also meant that Bluetooth, PlayStation, and Xbox controllers could help you play Stadia games on your TV if the device supported it, such as the NVIDIA Shield TV and Shield TV Pro. Google then allowed any official Stadia TV device to support more third-party controllers or use a smartphone as a controller through the Phone Link option in the mobile Stadia app.
Unofficial support and future
Despite the small but growing list, any Android TV box or television with Google TV installed can play Stadia games. However, users will have to opt into the "experimental support" feature in the settings if the device is not on the list. This means that the unofficial device can run Stadia games, but it may have problems working properly.
Google plans to increase the list of officially supported devices in the future, and television manufacturers such as Sony have committed to support Google TV in upcoming models. In the meantime, one of the best Google TV devices to start playing Stadia games on would be the Chromecast with Google TV, with its great performance at a reasonable price.
Play and Watch with Google TV Package is the latest Stadia bundle containing the Chromecast with Google TV and a Stadia controller to play Stadia games on the television easily. Remember, the controller is not required since your Android phone or iPhone can be used as one instead.
Thomas Meyer fell in love with video games starting in the mid '90s with a NES, Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, and Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf. He hasn't stopped and is not planning to anytime soon. Freelance for Android Central and Windows Central.
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