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Google Stadia on lockdown

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Google Stadia on lockdown

Whilst my son continues with his PS4 in the Gaming Room I created, I’ve been demoted to other areas of the house during the coronavirus lockdown.

Today though, I made use of that free Stadia Pro offer and pinched his PS4 controller.

I’m using my “half price Pixelbook”, which is actually a rocket-fast Dell Inspiron 13 – 5000 with an i7 CPU. It’s had the CloudReady Chrome OS plonked onto it (which took all of about 10 minutes) and the end result is this super-quick Chromebook

Anyhoo, I’m using it daily and loving the simplicity and the speed. So, it’s the perfect bit of kit to show you the online-gaming platform that is Google Stadia. I simply plugged in (via USB) a PS4 controller and fired it up – it detects the controller, tweaks all the graphics on-screen to match the controller and – although I haven’t paid for any of the games – it’s certainly buttery smooth. Here’s a look at the system in action as I take that much-needed tea-break in the garden…

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It works really well, I must admit. But the real test was to give it to my son. He’s a big gamer and would never go near a laptop to play a game. I walked in with my Chromebook and his PS4 controller. It actually panned out quite well..

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The Stadia Pro subscription I’m using here is currently still free for two months, so if you’ve got a browser and a spare controller, give it a try.

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