Google Supposedly Planning To Challenge PlayStation And Xbox With New Platform

Google Supposedly Planning To Challenge PlayStation And Xbox With New Platform

Some more information about the so-called Yeti streaming service has come to light too, with Kotaku reporting that, like GeForce Now, the Google's service would offload the work of rendering graphics to beefy computers elsewhere, "allowing even the cheapest PCs to play high-end games".

According to rumors earlier this year, Google is developing a subscription game streaming service that involves a hardware console.

Games industry sources have been talking to Kotaku about the development of Google's Yeti project plans over recent months.

Google (GOOG) is reportedly very serious about building its own video game platform. Google is also reported to have recently met with a number of game developers and publishers with this in mind. And Google has a long history of hiring game developers for projects that never quite materialize. As the two transition into their cloud streaming services, there is no real victor yet, and it is fair game for Google to try and compete. This means you won't need to newest and most expensive hardware to play them at their best. Moreover, it's also been trying to get some game studios to sign-up for its streaming service, while continuing to approach others for potential acquisitions. "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", Kotaku explains.

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The big splash of water on any excitement for streaming is of course internet bandwidth. There's no time-frame for when Google would launch the service, but their October "Made by Google" event would be a flawless place to launch it, though if they want to do it right we may have to wait until next year to see it after they've lined up more content creators.

Some of the sources also suggest Google is working on its own console hardware, although whether this is a traditional high-powered console or just a set-top box and a controller isn't clear.

For several generations Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have been the three biggest names in the console market, but another major player could be planning to enter the fray. They've already hired former Sony and Microsoft exec Phil Harrison, as well as developers and marketers from key companies including EA and PlayStation.

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