What you need to know
- Google is adding official Stadia support for LG Smart TVs with a native app starting today.
- The Stadia app can be downloaded from the LG Content Store for televisions running webOS 5.0 and webOS 6.0.
- A Stadia controller, compatible third-party controller, or smartphone virtual gamepad is required to play Stadia games on a supported LG Smart TV.
The Stadia app can be downloaded directly to the television from the LG Content Store with no external streaming stick or device required. The app only works with LG Smart TVs running webOS 5.0 and webOS 6.0, which covers the 2020 and 2021 series of LG televisions.
All that is required for LG owners is a Stadia account and a compatible controller to start playing some of the best Stadia games streamed to their televisions. Those that did not pick up a cheap or free Stadia controller last month can sync a third-party controller through Bluetooth or the mobile Stadia app via Phone Link. The smartphone could also be used as a controller itself with a virtual gamepad.
Google had opened support for more devices to run Stadia last June, but official support was limited to a select number of devices that ran Google TV and Android TV. Any Android TV or Google TV device can run Stadia, though technically in an "experimental support" feature where results may vary depending on the device.
LG 65" Class 4K UHD Smart OLED C1 Series
This 65-inch OLED TV features a 4K resolution screen at 120 Hz that is compatible with NVIDIA G-Sync for tear-free gaming. The LG Smart TV also contains webOS 6.0, so it can now play Stadia games natively just by downloading the app and syncing a compatible controller or phone.
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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.