Google considering a game streaming service, console hardware


It would seem that gamers aren't really interested in paying for a streaming service where cloud-based gaming is the only hook, so Google will need to figure out an angle it can use to sell gamers on Yeti.

The project is called "Yeti", and it was originally scheduled for a launch in late 2017.

A wild report from The Information (subscription required) claims Google is working on a subscription-based gaming streaming service, delivered either over Google's Chromecast devices or via a totally new Google-made gaming console.

Phil Harrison on Twitter:
Google Working On Game Streaming Service; Controller And Console May Also Be In The Works

Since the rise and fall of Onlive, many other companies have tried to tackle video game cloud streaming. The reports say this could be Google "at the forefront of a nascent part of the video game business".

Do you think that in the future we will see a Google gaming console? The service, codenamed "Yeti", would stream modern games over the internet instead of processing them on locally, allowing them to run weaker hardware such as Google's Chromecast dongles. Yeti also includes a hardware controller that's used to play the games, developed by Google's hardware team. Furthermore, it's also unclear if they would simply port their existing games over to Yeti or make games exclusively for it, if they plan to support it. But The Information reports that senior executives at Google have never given gaming projects the required resources and attention to grow, leading to unrealized ideas and disorganization.

However, despite being one of the biggest companies on Earth, Google has failed to make much headway in gaming so far, and even YouTube's streaming services are still seen as inferior by many when compared to the likes of Amazon's Twitch platform. Harrison held key positions at Sony and Microsoft before joining Google.

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