If you are one of the six people in the world who are still gaming on Google Stadia, there’s some good-ish news for you guys. The Microsoft Edge browser on the Xbox One and Series X/S can now actually run Google Stadia. This development comes after the consoles received the recent Alpha update. The Edge browser is based on Google Chromium, so it isn’t a stretch to see how gamers managed to get Stadia running on it. As of right now, users can only use a Stadia controller to play games with no support for mouse and keyboard. Users who were invited to the latest Alpha Skip-Ahead build for Xbox were treated to the Edge browser.
Google Stadia now running on Chromium-based Edge browser on Xbox consoles
In a report on 9to5Google, a user was seen running Cyberpunk 2077 on the Edge browser. The Stadia subreddit is also full of people talking about the development. The subreddit also confirmed that you can only play games using a Stadia controller for now. If you do connect an Xbox controller, it will detect it as a keyboard and mouse for the Edge browser. Considering the fact that Stadia has been getting some bad press lately, we wonder if this could be a lapse in management. We also cannot forget the fact that Google is actually shutting Stadia Game Studios down at some point.
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In an earlier report, we stated that Google also announced its initiative for first-party games and sadly, the service has announced that it is shutting down first-party development for the platform. Essentially this means that there will be no first party games on Google Stadia in the near future. Who knows what the future holds for Google Stadia, but if Google’s track record for shutting down various projects is to go by, we could see the demise of Stadia sooner rather than later.