The Google Stadia iOS release has arrived, finally allowing games to stream video games to their iPhone. It's not an app, though — this new way to play games on your iPhone is done via the Safari browser.
Stadia is Google's game streaming service and it's been gradually building momentum, owing in part to fantastic deals like the ability to get free Stadia hardware with a purchase of Cyberpunk 2077 on the platform. (Unfortunately, this particular deal has ended early due to an "overwhelmingly positive reception.")
Stadia can be played on PC, your television, and most modern Android phones (natch), but it hasn't really been a part of Apple's ecosystem for obvious reason. That all changes today thanks to the Safari browser.
How Does Google Stadia iOS Work?
How does the new Google Stadia iOS release work? Here's what you have to do:
- Go to Stadia.com on your iPhone via the Safari iOS browser.
- Sign in to Stadia with your account.
- Play games.
That's it. Those are the steps. It's so easy, in fact, that you can see the entire process in this short video as part of the announcement tweet:
Stadia is now available on iOS devices! Yes, you read that right. Starting today, you can sign into https://t.co/AoYhdVnzGu on your Safari iOS browser and begin playing your favorite games. Try it for yourself today! pic.twitter.com/iQhoAu8NtX— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) December 16, 2020
What this means is that it's now possible to play a lot of games that are otherwise unavailable on iOS including Cyberpunk 2077, Destiny 2, and many more (including the Stadia exclusives). Of course, how well these games perform is dependent on the strength and stability of your Internet connection and how well your phone can handle the streaming.
If this sounds like the kind of thing you'd like to check out, you can sign up for a free account at stadia.google.com. You can also get a 1 month free trial of Stadia Pro and get access to even more games; after that, it will cost you $9.99/month.
What do you think of the Google Stadia iOS release? Do you expect to see more services working through the Safari browser in the future? Let us know in the comments below!