It’s a weird one for sure, but the new Chromecast with Google TV doesn’t actually support the Stadia cloud gaming service at launch. It’s something that, to tech bloggers at least, would be a no-brainer, but somehow it’s not officially supported. Yet. Google says that it plans to add official support for Stadia sometime during 2021.
Of course, you can actually side-load the Stadia app to the Chromecast with Google TV and it will work just fine, as reported by Android Police. And while that will sate the thirst of those who are too impatient to wait, it’s still a weird decision by Google. With the launching of competing, and many would say, more appealing cloud gaming services such as Amazon’s Luna and Microsoft’s xCloud, it would have made perfect sense and timing to launch the Chromecast with Google TV with official Stadia support from the very start.
Google has a reason for the delay, according to a statement from John Gildred to CNET, the product development director for Android TV:
“Google TV is going to be on third-party devices that have been working on Android TV OS over the years. We are now working with them for 2021 products to include the Google TV experience on their next-generation televisions and OTT devices.”
The wording of that statement implies that Google will withhold Stadia support until Google TV takes over from Android TV on third-party devices, which could be anytime until the end of June. But, we come back to it being a weird decision because the now discontinued Chromecast Ultra has official Stadia support, so it’s almost as if Google is purposely withholding the feature from its newest streaming device.
If you are buying the new Chromecast with Google TV, are you going to sideload the Stadia app or wait for it to be officially supported?