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Google Stadia rolls out innovative new ‘search’ feature

Also coming soon: Sortable collections! An activity feed!

Main page of Google Stadia with new features enabled.
At upper right, the long awaited search bar for Google Stadia. Google says all users should see it by the end of the week
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Great news for those who play games with Stadia, the streaming service from Google, the worldwide leader in searching: Google Stadia has a search function.

Not yet, though. A blog post Wednesday said search would reach all players this week. But “it will make finding your favorite games much easier.” Bold statement!

Here’s a comparison of Stadia’s landing page before ... and after ... the forthcoming change.

For those keeping score (our siblings at The Verge are!) that’s 526 days since Google Stadia launched, before it added the function that made Google essential to all phases of modern life.

Before this, Stadia’s library of 172 games was … well, we’re not sure how one navigated it. They just paged through, one after the other, in hopes of finding something that caught their attention, I suppose.

Anyway, Stadia’s forum post about the groundbreaking search capability is full of not-sure-if-serious replies praising the the user interface’s giant leap for mankind. For example, founding Stadia subscriber RagingJacob says:

“I am totally over the moon with this amazing news Let’s Go! ”

And here’s another fan (again, excited for a tab refresh? Not sure if serious):

YES! Keep it coming. Dead platform my backside. Looking forward to that explore tab refresh.

That “dead platform” feint references the less-enthusiastic feeling many have for Google’s gaming endeavor, two years after a headline-dominating announcement at GDC 2019, plus the fact Google shut down its internal studio and first-party development for its platform. In February, Kotaku quoted an unnamed insider as calling Google “a terrible place to make games. Imagine Amazon, but under-resourced.”

Anyway, if folks really are fired up about a search function, they’ll love what’s on deck: sortable libraries, so players can group their collection by free, purchased, and Stadia Pro access games, and an activity feed.

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