Google is said to be planning on expanding its portfolio of ‘Made by Google’ hardware devices with a foray into the gaming segment. According to The Information, the search giant is working on a gaming console as well as a game streaming service.
Google is reportedly working on a gaming console as well as a hardware controller, which will both be a part of the ‘Made by Google’ lineup. This lineup was started a couple of years back with the launch of the Pixel smartphones. The report adds that the company has already reached out to top gaming developers regarding this venture.
Along with the console, Google is also said to be working on a game streaming service, codenamed ‘Yeti’. The service is likely to be similar to PlayStation Now, wherein users would pay a subscription fee to access games stored on Google’s cloud. This essentially negates the need to download or buy expensive game disks. The tradeoff however will be a huge strain on your internet connection.
The project is being led by two Google hardware executives – Mario Queiroz, VP of product management, and Majd Bakar, VP of engineering. The streaming service is also said to have gone through multiple iterations in the development process. While some iterations involved streaming games to a Chromecast-enabled device, other iterations involved streaming games to a standalone console.
The streaming service, as per the report, has been in the works for the past two years. In fact, the service is believed to be ready, and was to be launched towards the end of last year. But for some unknown reason, the launch got delayed.
Rather coincidentally, Google recently hired Phil Harrison who know reports to Google’s SVP of Hardware, Rick Osterloh. Harrison has spent 15 years in Sony’s PlayStation division, and three years in Microsoft’s Xbox division. This is the clearest proof that the search giant is indeed serious about launching gaming hardware.