Google Stadia has started rolling out a new party stream feature that will let you broadcast to a close group of friends.
New feature allows Google Stadia customers to stream their gameplay with up to nine friends, tech giant confirms Twitter (opens in new tab), In addition, Google has gone a better way by allowing stream members to switch from viewer to player on the fly.
This means you can jump into the game your friend is streaming at a moment’s notice. Want to help them clear the strike mission in Destiny 2? As long as you’re a member of Stadia and on the same party stream as the broadcaster, you can do the same.
And if you don’t have access to Party Stream’s new feature yet, fear not. As we’ve been talking, Google is rolling out the feature to all Stadia owners, and should update it for you by the end of the week.
On paper, Google Stadia’s Party Stream feature isn’t exactly revolutionary. Popular messaging app Discord has had a similar streaming feature for years. However, Discord’s streaming tools allow users to capture their selected windows for callers. In comparison, Party Stream is a pretty advanced implementation on Google Stadia.
For example, Party Stream supports most of Stadia’s chat features, including emoji and voice reactions, which will appear on the screen. Streamers will also receive pop-ups on-screen whenever a friend joins the stream for the first time. This means you won’t have to glance at your streaming window to keep track of who’s joined.
I’m also a big fan of viewers who are able to join in on streamed games on the fly. This makes sense, provided all customers have access to the same Stadia library. But it’s a welcome quality-of-life feature that meshes well with the drop-in nature of many great co-op games.
In fact, Party Stream probably isn’t going to set the world on fire. And if you’re not already a fan of Stadia, it probably isn’t going to change your mind. But still, it looks like a fun and convenient way to stream and play the best Google Stadia games.