Google pairs Stadia Controller and Chromecast as a $100 “play and watch” bundle

Google recently sold a combo pack of the Stadia controller and 2020 Chromecast as a limited-time promotion. But as noted by 9to5Google, the company has now turned the pair into a permanent bundle it calls the “play and watch” package.

For $99.99 you get both the controller and the streaming dongle. That’s a saving of $19 compared to buying both products separately. Google also promotes the Chromecast Ethernet adapter as a recommended accessory; if you want the absolute best Stadia experience, it’s probably a smart buy – and it’s only $9.99 ($10 off) when you buy it alongside the bundle.

In an effort to clear out the inventory of the old puck-shaped Chromecast Ultra, Google is discounting its Stadia Premiere Edition Bundle again to $79.99. I would definitely recommend the newer Chromecast with Google TV over the older ones. The streaming experience is much richer and more comprehensive on the newer device. But if you’re using it strictly as a gateway to Stadia, the $79.99 deal might be worth jumping on.

Please note that Google’s game streaming service now also supports certain Android TV products. So if you have a TV running that software, all you need to do is use Google’s controller or a compatible third-party Bluetooth gamepad.