Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Now Google might make a game console and game-streaming service

Report: Google developing a game streaming service codenamed 'Yeti' with console hardware Google Working On Game Streaming Service; Controller And Console May Also Be In The Works
Theresa Hayes | 08 February, 2018, 05:14

Game streaming removes the need to purchase expensive video game hardware, since all the game processing is done in the cloud.

Given how hyper competitive and hard it is to break into the video game industry, it's interesting that Google views now as the appropriate time to jump into the space.

The service is codenamed "Yeti", and it would be similar to streaming services like PlayStation Now-users would pay a subscription fee to access a collection of games, which are run on a remote device and streamed over the Internet.

"An early iteration of Yeti was created to work with the Chromecast TV streaming stick, according to a person familiar with the project and another person who was briefed about it".

Providing Google does end up building a console, it won't directly compete with the likes of the PS4 or the Xbox One.

Between YouTube Gaming and the company's Google Play store, Google isn't particularly shy about courting the gaming industry.

The Made by Google console would heighten Google's push for centering its products in consumers' homes. Google has to be aware of this though, which might be why it's taking so long to launch the service.

While everything seems a bit tentative, Google recently hired former PlayStation and Xbox exec Phil Harrison, so there may some truth behind the report.

The console would avoid stepping on Nvidia's toes if it was low-spec'd enough to sit in between the Nvidia Shield and the Google Chromecast Ultra but - due to the bad blood between Google and Amazon - would likely be missing Amazon Video, available on the Nvidia Shield. Will it be able to play console and PC titles like Assassin's Creed or Call of Duty?

Sadly, we simply don't yet know enough about Yeti to speculate too much, but as a gamer myself, the idea is intriguing.

Yeti will use Google's impressive cloud infrastructure to broadcast the games to you.