Although Google’s Stadia game streaming platform has had a shaky start, the last few months have given Stadia players reason to stay interested. Phone Link, which turns your smartphone into a touch-screen gamepad for Stadia games, was released in September. On top of that, Google has offered a deal after the sale on Stadia devices. Now, Google is bringing the platform to select LG smart TVs, extending the platform’s reach even further.
With a new app accessible in the LG Content Store, Stadia is now available for LG smart TVs running webOS 5.0 and 6.0. Google in an official statement said that “Stadia is free for everyone to access,”. The company further added “Now LG Smart TV owners across Stadia’s 22 support countries only need their favorite controller to start playing one of the 200+ titles in the Stadia store.” In other words, it should function similarly to Stadia on other TV platforms.
LG is one of the most popular TV brands in the United States. It has a market share of around 12% last year, second only to Vizio, Alcatel/TCL, and Samsung. That’s a sizable potential market for Google, especially because Stadia only requires the installation of the app. For the optimal experience, you should acquire a Stadia Controller, however, you can use your smartphone as a controller.
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Stadia is still not available on Roku
Stadia launched on Android TV in June this year. Therefore, you will find it installed on most smart TVs running Android/Google TV. However, this is the first time it is coming to a platform other than Android TV. Stadia is not accessible on Roku, another major TV platform, or on Samsung’s Tizen-powered TVs. Moreover, Google Stadia isn’t available on Apple TV. However, Apple has made it clear that it won’t allow game streaming services on the App Store, so it’s not really Google’s fault.
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