Stadia works best with a Chromecast, but the platform’s 1.45 update helps expand usability for web and mobile gamers. Now, browser users have access to 5.1 surround sound audio and an on-screen keyboard for typing with a gamepad. Mobile users now receive connection-quality notifications while gaming in the Stadia app.
Stadia for Chrome rolled out just two weeks ago and is still in its infancy. These new web features were already available for gamers using a Chromecast. Google may have skipped these features in its initial Stadia web release because surround sound desktop setups are rare, and because most people using a desktop or laptop computer have access to a physical keyboard (even while using a gamepad).
Still, the Stadia mobile update is pretty unique. Connection-quality notifications will help mobile users troubleshoot any problems that come up while gaming, and actively encourage gamers to hold a steady connection while the Stadia app is open.
Mobile users may need to update the app to receive the 1.45 update. But web users can enjoy 5.1 surround sound and the on-screen keyboard today without updating any software.