Google Stadia has started rolling out a new Party Stream feature that will let you stream to a tight-knit group of friends.
The new feature allows Google Stadia subscribers to stream their games with up to nine of their friends, the tech giant confirmed in twitter (opens in new tab). Additionally, Google has gotten even better by allowing stream members to switch from viewer to player in real-time.
This means you can join the game your friend is streaming at any time. Want to help them complete a Strike mission in Destiny 2? As long as you’re a Stadia subscriber and you’re on the same Party Stream as the broadcaster, you can do just that.
And fear not if you don’t already have access to the new Party Stream feature. Google is rolling out the feature to all Stadia owners as we speak and it should be updated for you by the end of the week.
On paper, Google Stadia’s Party Stream feature isn’t exactly revolutionary. The popular messaging app Discord has had a similar streaming feature for years. However, Discord’s streaming tools simply allow users to capture the selected window for those on duty. By comparison, Party Stream on Google Stadia is a noticeably more advanced implementation.
For example, Party Stream supports most of Stadia’s chat features, including emoji and voice reactions that will appear on screen. Streamers will also receive screen pop-ups whenever a friend joins the stream for the first time. That means you won’t have to look at your streaming window to keep track of who’s joined.
I’m also a big fan of spectators who can participate in a live streamed game. It makes sense as all subscribers have access to the same Stadia library. But it’s a welcome quality-of-life feature that meshes well with the nature of many of the best co-op games.
Realistically, Party Stream probably won’t set the world on fire. And if you’re not a Stadia fan yet, you probably won’t change your mind. But still, it feels like a fun and convenient way to stream and play the best Google Stadia games with a close-knit group of friends.