Can I play Stadia on Google TV? When Google Stadia first launched in November 2019, users were able to stream games directly to their PC, television, and select mobiles via the cloud. At the time, the only way to play Stadia games through the TV was through the company’s Chromecast Ultra device with a Stadia controller.
That changed in mid-2021 when Google announced that it was extending Stadia support to more existing hardware. The list of officially supported devices includes the following:
- Chromecast with Google TV
- Hisense Android Smart TV (U7G, U8G, U9G)
- Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro
- Onn FHD Streaming Stick and UHD Streaming Device
- Philips 8215, 8505 and OLED 935/805 Series Android TVs
- Xiaomi Mi Box 3 and Mi Box 4
The addition of new devices also means that Bluetooth, PlayStation, and Xbox controllers can be used to play Stadia games on the TV if the device supports it, such as the Nvidia Shield TV and Nvidia Shield TV Pro.
Unofficial and future support
Despite the small list, any Android TV set-top box or TV with Google TV installed can play Stadia games. Users will need to opt for the “experimental support” feature in the settings if the device is not listed. It means that the unofficial device can run Stadia games, but it may have trouble working properly.
Google plans to increase the list of officially supported devices in the future, and TV makers such as Sony and TCL have committed to supporting Google TV in upcoming models. Meanwhile, one of the best Google TV devices to start playing Stadia games would be the Chromecast with Google TV with its great performance at a reasonable price.