Stadia accessibility options

You can adjust your accessibility settings to customize your Stadia experience.

Accessibility options on your phone or computer

The Stadia app Stadia icon is compatible with some accessibility features on your Android phone, iPhone, or computer. To use a feature in the Stadia app Stadia icon, enable the feature in your device's accessibility settings first. To access Stadia on your computer, you'll need the Chrome browser, which lets you use Chrome's accessibility extensions.

Use your device's screen reader to do the following:

At this time, you can't use the screen reader for gameplay or for social features like chatting with other players. However, we are looking to add additional functionality in the future.

Each game has its own accessibility features. To find out which accessibility features your game supports, check the game's detail page in the Stadia store.

Stadia's Chromecast screen reader

Stadia's Chromecast screen reader works on Stadia with Chromecast Ultra. You can turn the screen reader on or off from your Stadia Controller or from the Stadia menu on your TV.

How to enable the screen reader

  • Stadia Controller shortcut: On your controller, press and hold the Options Stadia options button and Menu Stadia menu button buttons for 5 seconds. Stadia will tell you when the screen reader is switched on or off.

    Menu and option buttons, highlighted on the Stadia Controller

    The Options and Menu buttons are the small, oval buttons at the top of the controller.

    Tip: The screen reader shortcut only works when you are not currently playing a game.

  • Stadia menu: To open the Stadia menu, tap the Stadia button Stadia button on your Stadia Controller when you're playing on your TV. At the top of the Stadia menu, select Options Settings icon and then scroll to "Audio" and then turn on the Stadia Chromecast screen reader.

After you turn on the screen reader, it will stay on until you turn it off, as long as you continue to use the same Chromecast.

How to use the screen reader

You can use the Stadia Chromecast screen reader to do the following:

  • Start and exit a game
  • Read Stadia pop-up system notifications

At this time, you can't use the screen reader to read other notifications on the Stadia menu. However, we are looking to add additional features to the screen reader in the future.

The screen reader does not work with the Chromecast backdrop screen. It can't read the linking code that lets you connect your controller to the Chromecast.

The linking code is a sequence of 4 controller buttons you press to link your Stadia Controller to your Chromecast. You use the same code every time you link your controller to your Chromecast, so you might want to record the sequence.

If you need help reading the linking code, you can contact a Google Disability Support Specialist through the Be My Eyes app.

Accessibility features in Stadia games

Each game has its own accessibility features. To find out which features your game has, check the game's detail page in the Stadia store.

Each game in the Stadia store has its own accessibility options that you can use while playing. To find out which accessibility features a game supports, open the game in the Stadia store and scroll down to see its details.

Possible game accessibility features:

  • Adjustable game interface: Resize elements of the game interface, such as menus or HUDs
  • Alternative communication options: Communicate with other players without using text or voice, using methods such as a ping system.
  • Brightness/contrast/gamma adjustment: Adjust display intensity, the ratio of light to dark, and image brightness.
  • Button remapping: Customize the buttons on your cont.roller and keyboard.
  • Captions for sound: View text captions on your screen for dialogue and other sounds.
  • Caption size control: Adjust the size of text for all in-game captions.
  • Dialogue subtitle size control: Adjust the size of text for in-game dialogue subtitles.
  • Color blind support: Adjust settings to accommodate color vision impairment.
  • Co-pilot mode: Allows the use of two controllers to play as a single player.
  • Difficulty levels: Play an easier or harder version of the game.
  • Motion sickness options: Adjust settings that may cause motion sickness, such as motion blur, camera shake and weapon bob.
  • Separate volume controls: Adjust the volume of music, sound effects, and dialogues independently of each other.
  • Skip challenges: Skip puzzles, decisions, and/or other challenges that may prevent game progress.
  • Skip repeated button presses: Allows alternatives to repeated button presses in order to progress through the game
  • Subtitles for dialogue: View on-screen text for dialogue.
  • Subtitle speed controls: Customize speed at which subtitles appear to read them at your own pace.
  • Training mode: Mode to practice your in-game skills with no negative consequences.

Other Stadia devices

All Made by Google Stadia devices offer the same accessibility options. You can also use Stadia with other controllers that offer accessibility options, like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Tandem Mode

Tandem Mode is an early, experimental version of a feature that is intended to expand the input device options to play wirelessly on Stadia. When you plug a secondary controller directly into your primary Stadia Controller’s USB-C port, then press buttons on the secondary controller, it will act as though the primary controller’s buttons are being pressed.

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