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You have about two weeks till it becomes risky to buy a used Stadia gamepad.

When Google shut Stadia down, it let gamers save their controllers from oblivion by converting them into generic Bluetooth gamepads.

But, as TechRadar pointed out today, Google’s “Switch to Bluetooth” goes away on December 31st — afterward, the used market for them becomes a minefield of potentially useless controllers, so now is the time to buy.


A picture showing the blue and orange Google Stadia wireless controller.
If you see one of these for sale after December 31st, take a beat to check if it’s in Bluetooth mode.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge