Google Stadia now lets you message your friends

Google Stadia game streaming service has officially added support for messaging, the service has announced. Messages can be sent to members of your party (whom you could previously voice chat with) as well as other players more generally. Along with that, the service also announced support for sharing screenshots and video clips on the web via a sending link, and that added more information to the Stadia profile. While these are all fairly basic features, they are a standard part of most online gaming services, and it’s good to see Stadia finally implementing them.

Stadia notes that its messaging features also include support for smart replies, saving users from typing full messages using a gamepad. According to tweets posted by Stadia Product Manager Mario Anima, messaging is currently rolling out in every country where Stadia is available: Italy, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, and the US. At least one Reddit user has seen messaging in Italy.

You can now chat with your friends in Stadia from Google Stadia

The Stadia user profile was also updated as part of the change. The service notes that the profile will now include information about which games you own, your friend’s list, and whether you are online. The profile shortcut also allows players to invite each other to parties. Family Sharing is also now officially launched after launching earlier this month.

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Google’s game streaming service launched nearly a year ago with mixed responses. However, for its appreciation, Google has continued to release updates for the service over the past year. New features include 4K streaming on the web, support for USB-C headphones via a Stadia controller, as well as a test that saw the service allow game streaming over mobile data.