Google tech giant Stadia’s cloud gaming service is testing touchscreen controls on Android and may soon roll out a ” direct contact ” feature there.
9to5Google analyzed the latest version of Stadia on Android and found several references to a “direct contact” feature. Once enabled, Direct Touch will allow Stadia users to tap, drag, and pinch items in games, or continue to use a Bluetooth or USB controller.
However, it is not yet clear which games will support direct touch, although Stadia currently offers very limited support for touchscreen controls in games like Monopoly that allow users to enable touch mode. This new direct contact feature was only discovered in the Android version of Stadia, and will then move to the web version for iOS as well.
Google has not officially detailed direct contact for Stadia.
Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service has implemented a variety of touch controls in over 20 games, allowing Xbox gamers to enjoy controller-less games.
Google also appears to be preparing Android TV support for Stadia. 9to5Google noted that there were explicit references to Android TV in this latest update to the Stadia app. Stadia launched on Chromecast Ultra devices, but Android TV support has been lacking since Stadia debuted over a year ago.