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 iPad®, 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 screen reader on your TV

Stadia's screen reader works with Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast with Google TV, and Android TV devices. You can use the screen reader to start or exit a game, read pop-up system notifications, and navigate the Stadia menu. Turn the screen reader on or off in the Stadia menu on your TV or with a button shortcut on the Stadia Controller.

Enable the screen reader

  1. While playing on your TV, tap the Stadia button Stadia button on your Stadia Controller.
    • On Google TV or Android TV, you can also press the Home button on some Bluetooth® controllers, or use the TV remote that came with your device to select your avatar at the top of the screen.
  2. At the top of the menu, select Options Settings icon.
  3. Turn on the screen reader.
    • On Chromecast Ultra, turn on the Stadia Chromecast screen reader.
    • On Google TV or Android TV, turn on the Stadia screen reader.

Screen reader shortcut on the Stadia Controller

When you're not playing a game, press and hold Options Stadia options button and Menu Stadia menu button on your Stadia Controller for 5 seconds to toggle the screen reader. Stadia will tell you when the screen reader is switched on or off.

Menu and option buttons, highlighted on the Stadia Controller

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 device to pay on your TV.

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: Use methods like a ping system to communicate with other players without using text or voice.
  • Brightness/contrast/gamma adjustment: Adjust display intensity, the ratio of light to dark, or image brightness.
  • Button remapping: Customize the buttons on your controller or 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 dialogue independently of each other.
  • Skip challenges: Skip puzzles, decisions, or other challenges that may prevent game progress.
  • Skip repeated button presses: Allow 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.
  • Training mode: 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.

IPHONE and IPAD are trademarks of Apple Inc.

USB-C is a registered trademark of USB Implementers Forum.

XBOX and XBOX ADAPTIVE CONTROLLER are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

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