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Google to buy game studios and make hardware for upcoming game streaming service: Report

Google is going all out to make sure this project succeeds unlike the ones that came before.

  • Published: July 2, 2018 11:50 AM IST
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Google has had a game streaming service in the works for a while now. Named ‘Yeti’, Google’s game streaming service will be similar to Nvidia’s GeForce Now, and will allow users to play games on inexpensive systems because the rendering will be done on Google’s own systems.

Kotaku reports that this service is under construction right now, and Google is even developing hardware dedicated to it. The hardware that will be used to provide this service is expected to be inexpensive to fit the model, like the Steam Link which only costs $40. Google could even be using the already existing Chromecast models to this end. According to Android Police, a person who is familiar with this project commented that it is like playing Witcher 3 within a Google Chrome tab.

Google is in talks with some major game developers and publishers, and is even planning to acquire some of the game studios to provide for this platform. It is essential for a gaming service to provide high-end games on regular intervals, and hence Google’s willingness to buy them out.

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There is no official word from Google about this platform or when it plans to introduce it. Though there is a possibility that Google may make some announcement during its annual hardware event in October. None of the game streaming service we have seen up until now have been essentially successful, primarily because of the latency issues. The wait is on now to see if Google can eliminate that from the list of problems.

  • Published Date: July 2, 2018 11:50 AM IST