Google appears to be testing touchscreen controls for Stadia on Android. 9to5Google has analyzed the latest Stadia release on Android and found multiple references to a ‘direct touch’ feature. Once enabled, Stadia users can tap, swipe and pinch elements in games, or continue to use a Bluetooth or USB controller.
It’s not clear yet which games support direct touch, although Stadia currently has very limited support for touchscreen controls in games such as Monopoly that allows users to enable a touch mode. This new direct touch feature was only discovered in the Android version of Stadia, but hopefully it will make its way to the web version for iOS as well.
Google doesn’t officially detail direct touch for Stadia, so we don’t know how touch controls are supported yet. Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service has implemented a variety of touch controls in more than 20 games, allowing Xbox players to enjoy games without a controller.
Google also appears to be priming Android TV support for Stadia. 9to5Google notes that this latest Stadia app update contains explicit references to Android TV. Stadia has launched on Chromecast Ultra devices, but Android TV support has been lacking since Stadia’s debut over a year ago.