For a new streaming video game platform that claims to allow users to be able to play anywhere and everywhere they have an internet connection, Google Stadia will only support a very limited number of mobile phones. (SPOILER ALERT: it won’t support iOS devices.)
Google Stadia won’t support very many mobile phones at launch. In fact, it will only support four. (Kind of.)
The four phones that will be supported by Google Stadia at launch are:
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 3XL
Additionally, any tablet that runs Chrome OS will be supported.
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Fans of Apple products and the zillions of people who own iPhones will be disappointed by the news — assuming they are even interested in the streaming video game service in the first place. However, it should not come as a surprise that Google would be most interested in leveraging its own products at the expense of other Big Tech competitors.
As such, there is little reason to expect that Google Stadia will support iOS devices any time soon. We would venture a guess that, at the earliest, iOS devices will support the service well after the product launches and its masterminds have plenty of time to weigh the pros and cons of supporting competitors’ devices.
Nevertheless, iOS users may take some consolation in the fact that Google Stadia content can be purchased and managed on any iOS 11 or Android M — or higher — device. (We’re just kidding — that’s not much of a feature.)
What do you think of Google Stadia neglecting iOS devices at launch? Are you an iPhone user who was hoping to be able to stream video games via Google’s new service on your Apple device? Let us know what you think about this news in the comments!
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