It looks like Google is testing a new feature that will allow players to launch games from Google search results using Stadia’s cloud services.
As reported by IGN, YouTube creator Bryant Chappell discovered the update when Google discovered the game control, Chappell shared a video showing a new option that appears in the game info on the right side of the screen: “Play Now.”
“Stream Control Ultimate Edition. No download required,” read the text under the game’s title. Players can then choose to boot the game through Stadia immediately, although a Stadia subscription is still required. Chappelle chooses the “Play” option, which brings him to the Stadia loading screen before starting the game directly from Chrome.
Looks like the Google search engine has a new update for the cloud gaming platform!!!
— Bryant Chappelle (@Bryant Chappell) 11 August 2022
In subsequent tweets, Chappell posted screenshots of other cloud services that have options for various games. Amazon Luna, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and GeForce Now appear to be options for some, but not all, depending on the availability of their platforms and the choice of the publisher. According to Chappell’s additional screenshots, the update is reportedly also in the works on mobile devices. Dot Esports attempted to test the feature, but was unable to find it in multiple Google searches. It looks like it is still in testing or is only available for a select few users or regions.
Cloud gaming aims to make the latest titles accessible to players who lack hardware powerful enough to run at their desired settings. Instead of running games on local hardware, services like Stadia stream games to players’ consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. While a subscription and a stable Internet connection are required, the upfront cost for consumers is usually not as high as buying a console or gaming PC.