More than a year after its launch, Google Stadia is now available to iPhone and iPad users via a web app.
The service, which is available to both free and Google Stadia Pro subscribers, is technically a beta but by all accounts works surprisingly well.
As The Verge notes, getting Stadia onto the iPhone and iPad has been a bit of a struggle for Google. Apple prevented it from putting a real app into the App Store because it wouldn’t be able to vet each and every game available via the service.
A web app is the only way around that – and that’s exactly what we’ve been given.
Google, like other competing cloud services, is using mobile Safari due to Apple’s restrictions on cloud gaming apps that mean platforms like Stadia can’t exist in their current form on the App Store. You can access Stadia through its website on Safari or by creating a home screen icon that will turn the service into a progressive web app, so it acts almost identically to a native one.
The Google Stadia beta includes support for touch controls and controllers, the latter of which is sure to be the best way to go. Especially if you’re planning on paying some of the more complicated games like the recently released Cyberpunk 2077.