You can now convert your Stadia controller to a standard Bluetooth device, here's how

Google’s cloud gaming service Stadia (opens in new tab) officially goes dark tomorrow, January 18, but those of you with a Stadia controller will be able to continue using it long into the future (hopefully) thanks to a final firmware update (opens in new tab) that converts it into a standard Bluetooth device.

By all appearances, the process (explained in this Stadia support page (opens in new tab)) is a simple one: Press and hold the Stadia button on the controller until the status light comes on, plug the controller into your PC via a standard USB cable, go to (opens in new tab) (you’ll need to use Google’s Chrome browser—I tried it with Firefox and it won’t load the required page), and then follow the on-screen instructions. Once that’s finished, you’ll have a swanky new(ish) Bluetooth controller on your hands that you can use with any Bluetooth-capable device.