Google Stadia, there are specific touch controls and mobile streaming at 1440p in the pipeline

One of the most important dimensions of cloud gaming is mobile: the ability to play triple A titles on your smartphone, simply by using the internet connection, seems like a vertigo of the future and instead is already a piece of our present. Google Stadia it did not deliver what Mountain View would have hoped, but from the point of view of infrastructure and quality of service it remains a reference in the sector.

Even when playing from a smartphone, however, it is best to use an external physical controller, connected to the phone via Bluetooth. But rightly there is also the possibility of playing using the touch screen and on-screen controls: and in this sense it seems that Google is preparing an improvement, as emerges from the version 4.13 of the app for Android devices.


Digging into the code, in fact, 9to5Google has found dethe new custom screen controls. What does it mean? Simple: instead of the simple and anonymous “A” key, for example, in correspondence with the virtual button an icon will be shown on the screen that represents the action linked to the pressure of the jump – and therefore the jump, the run, the launch of a grenade, and so on.

This is an intelligent improvement, which once implemented is capable of making the relationship with the touch controls much more intuitive and therefore immediate and digestible, which are already abstract enough to press, and must therefore be at least concrete to interpret. In this way, however, the player will be able to see on the screen when the action associated with a key changes.


Another interesting novelty that emerged by rummaging in the code of the version 4.13 of the Stadia app concerns the resolution: currently, in fact, that of streaming for the game on mobile stops at 1080p.

But things may soon change: in fact, the code mentions “UPTO_1440P”which suggests that the ability to provide 1440p streaming on mobile: a choice that, moreover, would fit the Pixel 6 Pro and the resolution of its display perfectly. However, we can’t ignore the possibility that this reference actually has to do with the Stadia app for Android TV.

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