Google Stadia was first announced to the general public back in June during the E3 2019. At the same event, Google’s Chief Executive, Sundar Pichai mentioned Stadia terming it as “a game platform for everyone.” Google launched the Stadia App on November 12th and on November 19th, Google launched the Stadia Consol.
With this Google is the first big company to launch next-gen consoles, with Microsoft Project Scarlett and Sony’s PlayStation 5 lined up for launch next year. Interestingly, Google has even sold out the premium pre-order bundle for Google Stadia, called the Founder’s Edition in Europe. The gaming console is a big hit and Google is always working on making it bigger.
At the time of the launch, Google said that the Google Assistant, for Stadia, will not be available from day one. For the past two weeks, tapping the dedicated button on the Made by Google accessory displayed a “coming soon” message. Google has now rolled out the feature for Early Access. It is not yet fully featured and restricted to just the home screen for now. Users can enable the feature by following the process:
Currently, commands are limited to casting/starting games, and asking basic questions like “what’s the weather” or even “roll the dice.” There is no ability to play regular music or videos. You also have the option to enable personal results for queries relating to your calendar or commute.