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Google Is Reportedly Developing a Video Game Service and Console

TODO alt text Google Is Reportedly Developing a Video Game Service and Console
Sherri Watson | 29 June, 2018, 22:13

Google provides a lot of useful services, including the most popular smartphone operating system in the world.

Google is supposedly laying the groundwork for a new gaming platform. That's the word from five people who have either been briefed on Google's plans or heard about them secondhand. Until then, remember that none of this is officially confirmed just yet - we'll have to wait and see if Google announces anything a little further down the line. In 2014, the company was reportedly poised to acquire Twitch before Amazon swooped in. However, the gaming site also suggests that there will be "an attempt to bring game developers under the Google umbrella, whether through aggressive recruiting or even major acquisitions".

Would you like to see a new gaming option from Google?

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In recent months, however, the chatter about Google has gotten louder.

So what is this streaming platform, exactly?

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It's nearly certainly true that Google is interested in making a console, or being involved in games beyond the capacity of just the Google Play store, but the question is whether this will just be another half-hearted effort that never comes to fruition. But this isn't the first time we've heard Google wants to target gamers with products of its own. Imagine you're playing a game and you run into a tricky boss or don't know how to solve a puzzle. Instead of opening up your laptop or checking your phone for a guide, you could press a button to activate an overlay on your screen that cues up a YouTube walkthrough of the game you're playing.

A streaming service eliminates the need for beefy hardware, as the processing is done elsewhere. It seems like most of the sources have focused on the streaming service exclusively, leaving the hardware talk for a later time.

Nvidia's GeForce Now, which entered beta earlier this year, allows users to stream a selection of high-end games to PCs and Macs.

It's been an interesting few weeks for the games industry. There are no new details about the hardware today, but a puck streaming device would be highly affordable and compete with Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation streaming services that still predominately require $200+ consoles. Is it so insane to think that they have aspirations in gaming?

Yeti, it is suggested, would be a good partner service for YouTube, as there is a wealth of walkthroughs and similar on YouTube which could be overlayed on your game in progress, for example.

The big splash of water on any excitement for streaming is of course internet bandwidth. This would allow the Mountain View company to reduce latency by bringing servers closer to players.