New Stadia update brings 5.1 surround sound to web gameplay

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Google has pushed out a new update for its Stadia gaming platform today, bringing 5.1 surround sound when playing games on the web, an on-screen keyboard on web when you’ve got a gamepad connected to Stadia, and notifications for your connection quality while playing on mobile devices.

With regards to 5.1 surround sound’s arrival on the web, this Stadia Pro feature was previously available on TVs and select tablets and phones. With today’s update, those with suitable equipment playing in Chrome will also be able to benefit. The feature is still only available for subscribers but Stadia Pro is free for users for two months to encourage players to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

If you have taken advantage of the free access to Stadia Pro, don't forget to take advantage of the discounts on Borderlands 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Red Dead Redemption 2, Kine, and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

Google’s short post containing the new features didn’t expand any further on when to expect the next update nor what features the firm is currently working on. It’s not clear how coronavirus is affecting the Stadia team and how frequently new updates will be pushed in future either.

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