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Google can’t fulfill all Stadia preorders for Nov. 19 launch


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Google can’t fulfill all Stadia preorders for Nov. 19 launch


Google has announced that it won't be able to fulfill all preorders for its Google Stadia streaming service in time for its previously announced November 19 launch date.

The company's carefully worded launch announcement last week technically hinted at that fact, saying that the Founder's Edition preorder hardware bundle would only "start arriving on gamers’ doorsteps on November 19." Only "the first gamers who preordered and have received your Founder’s Editions" were promised the ability to log in to Stadia starting at 9am Pacific Time that day.



When that hardware does come, though, it will be somewhat limited at launch. As we noted last week, the Google Stadia controller will only work wirelessly with the Chomecast Ultra and can't be used as a generic Bluetooth controller with a phone or Web browser (or to stream wireless game audio) at launch. Full bluetooth support on the controller "may be implemented at a later date," as Google notes on its product page.

The Stadia Controller can be used as a wired controller with a USB connection on phones and PCs. However, a Google Community manager has clarified that the Stadia Controller will be the only way to play Stadia games on a TV through Chromecast Ultra (generic third-party USB controllers will work for Stadia on phones and PCs).

Right now, it's hard to say whether the slow, staggered roll-out of Stadia preorders is simply a case of mismatched hardware supply and demand or a more deliberate effort to limit the initial strain on the streaming servers. In any case, the confusing messaging and slow drip of information is not a great look for a major new service hoping to make a big splash.


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