Google Stadia was the tech giant's big push into the gaming world witha cloud-based solution. Gamers could instantly stream a litany of titles - big and small - to compatible devices you already own, such as TVs, laptops, and your phone. At least that was the sales pitch.
Unfortunately, Google Stadia has been sluggish the blocks with a lack of compelling games or exclusives, a confusing pricing model that essentially required users have to pay twice to even use the service, and limits to being a cloud-only platform typically retaining the service - with no ability to just download titles.
Additionally, Google doesn't was not really helpful in shutting down several key Stadia developers , which could have significantly hampered the company's ability to host exclusive games on its dishe-streaming form.
In August, however, Google added a really useful feature to Stadia called Direct Touch. Available only on Android at the time, Direct Touch brought a bespoke touch control method to phones and tablets, avoiding the need to use the (admittedly nice) Google Stadia controller.
The Direct Touch option, fortunately, is now also available on iOS devices like iPhone 13 and iPad Pro , as advertised on the Stadia community blog . In short, this brings the bespoke touch control method to Apple devices, but it 's huge caveat. Only one game (yes, one) currently supports Direct Touch, and that 's the strategy title 4X Humankind.