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Your Google Stadia controller will not be a paperweight after the service is closed

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Google is giving Stadia users some consolation prizes before the game streaming service shuts down on January 18. For starters, it plans release a tool that enables Bluetooth support on the Stadia controller. You’ll have to wait until next week to download it, but this should make the device usable for just about any title that has gamepad support, as long as the platform recognizes the hardware in the first place.

The company also has released a snake clone, worm game, finally “thank you” to users. It’s a simple project that the Stadia team is using for testing even before launch, but it might be worth a try if you want to give the service a good look.

If you’ve played, you’re out of luck Lot 2 on Stadia though. Bungie has already done it shut down Lot 2‘s Stadia servers, and gives gamers until January 18 to activate Cross Save and migrate their characters elsewhere. The developer too warns that you shouldn’t disable Cross Save after the 18th “for any reason” as long as Stadia is your primary account.

These last-minute announcements probably won’t come as a shock. Google announced its shutdown plans in September and began issuing refunds in November. Other game studios have also been helping with the switch for weeks. IO Interactive recently released a promised Progression Carryover tool assassin players, while Ubisoft is offering free PC copies of games purchased through Stadia. If you hadn’t made the jump yet, you were probably preparing for it.

The technology behind Stadia will live on after that worm game are just memories. On top of the controller update, Google’s Immersive Stream for Games makes the cloud functionality available to other companies. Still, it’s a bittersweet moment – the news reminds us that Google’s most ambitious gaming initiative is drawing to a close.

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