Google appears to be testing touchscreen controls for Stadia on Android. 9to5Google has looked at the latest version of Stadia on Android and found multiple references to a “direct touch” feature. Once enabled, direct touch will allow Stadia users to tap, swipe, and pinch items in games, or continue to use a Bluetooth or USB controller.
It’s still unclear which games will support direct touch, although Stadia currently has very limited support for touchscreen controls in games like Monopoly that allow users to activate a touch mode. This new direct touch feature has only been discovered on the Android version of Stadia, but hopefully it will also hit the web version for iOS.
Google hasn’t officially detailed direct touch for Stadia, so we don’t yet know how touch controls will be supported. Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service has implemented a variety of touch controls in more than 20 games, allowing Xbox gamers to enjoy games without a controller.
Google also seems to be preparing Android TV support for Stadia. 9to5Google notes that there are 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’s debut over a year ago.