Google announced that will close Stadia in January. The good news is that refunds will be given to everyone who purchased all Stadia hardware, including its controller, as long as it was purchased from the Google Store. You do not have to return the controller for a refund (see platform FAQ page), but it doesn’t have to go to waste just because Stadia is shutting down.
The users in the stadia subreddit have been asking Google to make the firmware for the Stadia controller open source so that it works on PC and consoles, even after its namesake platform has been put to pasture (according to Eurogamer). Although Google won’t be able to do it in an official capacity any time soon, software engineer Parth Shah created a solution tool which allows gamers to use the controller wirelessly over Wi-Fi.
The first thing to do is download python 3 if you don’t already have it, then download version 1.2.0 from the release page on GitHub. To run the server, simply download the pre-installed zip file and run the server.exe. Right-click on the system tray icon and you will see the website you need to access, in this case Gamepad Tester. Open Gamepad Tester on your phone, plug in your Stadia Controller, and remap the buttons to mimic the controller on your favorite console, like Xbox Series X/S or PS5.
If configured correctly, the hack will allow you to connect your controller to a device over Wi-Fi. You’ll need to be connected to a phone to do this, so it’s not completely wireless, but it’s a workaround for anyone who doesn’t want to run a cable to a device in an entertainment center. The solution will not be affected by shutting down Stadia, as it does not connect to Google’s servers to function. At the moment, the trick only works on Windows devices.
You can check out the demo video that Shah posted in July to get a better idea of how to set up the solution.
While we don’t know if Google will officially provide the source code for using the Stadia controller outside of its own platform, Shah’s solution should suffice for now. Either way, it’s better than leaving the controller in a landfill or eating the dust.