Google Working On Console To Rival Xbox And PlayStation

01 July, 2018, 20:45 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Google’s next big thing might be a gaming service to take on PS4, Xbox, and Switch

Kotaku's Jason Schreier reports on five sources that say Google is looking at three areas as they explore the gaming space: A streaming platform, hardware, and bringing game developers into the Google family, either through recruiting directly to the company or acquiring entire studios themselves. The company will apparently make use of its massive server network and infinite cash flow to stream high-end games to a premium service, with Kotaku using the illustration of playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on a Google Chrome browser.

Google is supposedly laying the groundwork for a new gaming platform. Yeti could "work either on Google's Chromecast or possibly a Google-made console still being developed, according to people with knowledge of the project", that article states. Rumours suggest it could "offload the work of rendering graphics to beefy computers elsewhere, allowing even the cheapest PCs to play high-end games". Either way though, gaming giants and tech giants are all looking to push into the space, so we can expect to continue hearing about cloud gaming over the years to come. Plus, they've been scooping up employees from big gaming companies like EA.

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Kotuku now has more information and has heard that Google is working on some sort of hardware to link up to the streaming service. And Google has a long history of hiring game developers for projects that never quite materialize. This means you won't need to newest and most expensive hardware to play them at their best. 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. 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. Over the past few decades, only two companies succeeded in entering the gaming market: first Sony, then Microsoft.

Google's recent hires also lend credence to suggestions it is up to something in the gaming world, with PlayStation and Xbox veteran Phil Harrison joining the company within the a year ago, alongside a number of other leaders in the gaming world.

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