Following the sudden announcement of Stadia''s shutdown yesterday, players are hoping for a final update to the controller''s firmware.
Currently, the Stadia controller can only be used through Stadia, which itself is only compatible with a limited number of devices.
"The most hardware purchases... made directly from Google will not need to be returned," says the Stadia announcement FAQ.
Players are requesting for Google to update the controller so it can still be used after the service has been discontinued.
The controller already has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities, but it cannot be connected to other consoles or PCs. Many have taken to the Stadia subreddit to express their desire to use it after Stadia''s shutdown, mainly on PC.
Some have requested that Google update the firmware itself, while others have simply requested that the firmware be made open-source so that members of the Stadia community may create an application.
One reddit user claimed that she discussed with Stadia customer support for Bluetooth controllers, which she said was lacking "information or roadmap" on whether Bluetooth would be unlocked.