Following last week’s surprise announcement that Google would be shutting down Stadia in January, the platform’s small but dedicated community called on Google to allow the controller to work wirelessly on other platforms.
The Stadia Controller currently works on other devices via a USB cable, but it also has wireless functionality in the form of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which is locked by firmware.
While owners wait for a response from Google, some have taken matters into their own hands with quirky workarounds.
As The Verge reports, one workaround is to use an Android device as a transmitter, which then sends the signal to a PC. There are, however, a few caveats. For one, none of the controller’s trigger buttons work, and the controller needs to be physically connected to the Android device.
Another method, just as tedious, is to install Python 3 and use an application created by engineer Parth Shah, which creates a server on your PC. Then, using an Android device with a wired Stadia controller, you can connect to your PC and use it as you normally would.
But neither method allows for a truly wireless experience, which will only be possible if Google unlocks the hardware with a firmware update, or if some resourceful tinkerer creates custom firmware to flash onto the controller, unlocking the functionality. .
But for now, it’s admirable to see Stadia owners doing their best to avoid having their controllers buried in a landfill.