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Google Working On Game Streaming Service; Controller / Console May Also Be In The Works

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Feb 7, 2018
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Game streaming services are still in their infancy, but it seems like things may be changing soon, with Google entering the picture with their own service.

According to a report from The Information, Google is working on a game streaming service that could work either on Chromecast or a brand new console developed by the company.

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Google may be about to take its most serious steps to get into the videogame business. The company is developing a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on Google’s Chromecast or possibly a Google-made console still being developed, according to people with knowledge of the project.

The service, codenamed Yeti, would put Google at the forefront of a nascent part of the videogame business, one that lets people play games as they’re being streamed, rather than using downloads or disks.

The development of a hardware gaming console seems to be a more recent development, according to the report, as an early version of Yeti was working already on Chromecast. Top-tier developers are also informed about the project, but it’s not yet clear if they will allow streaming of already released games or develop brand new ones.

An early iteration of Yeti was designed to work with the Chromecast TV streaming stick, according to a person familiar with the project and another person who was briefed about it. More recently, Google has been testing a hardware gaming console for running the Yeti service, one of the people said. Yeti also includes a hardware controller that’s used to play the games, developed by Google’s hardware team.

Google has discussed Yeti with top-tier game developers, but it’s unclear whether any of them will develop a game specifically for Yeti or only make existing streamed games available.

While everything seems a bit tentative, Google recently hired former PlayStation and Xbox exec Phil Harrison, so there may some truth behind the report. We will keep you updated on the matter as soon as more come in on it, so stay tuned for all the latest news.

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