Google Is Entering the Console War

Google might launch gaming hardware to accompany 'Yeti' streaming service

Google might launch gaming hardware to accompany 'Yeti' streaming service

The biggest advantage of this streaming service is that it would lower the barrier of entry price for PC gamers, as the hard work of graphics rendering would be offloaded to computers in Google's system, allowing the person using the streaming service to play even if their computer is not up to the hardware specifications typically needed for the game.

It's been an on-and-off rumour for years now, but new sources suggest that Google is looking to enter the home console business, with plans for a streaming platform to rival Xbox and PlayStation.

According to five sources speaking with Kotaku, Google is stepping up its efforts and has spent recent trade shows like GDC and E3 gauging potential interest from developers. The device would be part of a wider push into the videogame industry which will include indie development and a game streaming platform.

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Kotaku's Jason Schreier says that in order to imagine what Yeti (which was first reported by The Information) might actually mean for players, you should imagine what it would be like to play "The Witcher 3 withina tab on Google Chrome".

Google was the company behind the birth of software developer Niantic, before it went independent, and we all know how well its Pokémon Go title did. While you'd never expect Google to join the gaming market given its nearly non-existent footprint in the industry, that's what a new report from Kotaku suggests, backed by five independent sources. 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. Rumors percolated for years that Google was also attempting to launch an Android-based console, similar to Amazon's Fire TV, but that didn't happen. According to Kotaku's sources close to the company, they're gearing up for something big. Of course, this would still require a strong internet connection.

Kotuku now has more information and has heard that Google is working on some sort of hardware to link up to the streaming service. "I think Google is making a concerted move now because it can see a moment of disruption approaching for the console sector with the start of a new generation of hardware and the emergence of cloud gaming services".

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