Google is getting ready to enter the gaming market next month. The company announced earlier this week that it will be holding a keynote at the Game Developers Conference on March 19th.
And now, some more details about the company’s plans have appeared online. 9to5Google is reporting that Google will show off new gaming hardware to go along with the company’s new game streaming service. Google already teased its game streaming service late last year, codenamed Yeti.
The company will reportedly show off hardware that works with the new streaming service at GDC. It’s not clear exactly what kind of hardware Google is working on for Yeti, but it could involve a gaming console and a controller to go along with it. The hardware for Yeti was previously rumoured to be as simple as a Chromecast dongle, but that has apparently developed into more of a full-fledged gaming product.
Google has been in talks with multiple studios to port existing titles to its new streaming service, at least for internal testing. That includes “one historically popular title” according to the 9to5google. The publication is also reporting that the upcoming roadmap for Yeti is already being locked down.
Game streaming is going to be huge in the gaming industry over the next few years. All the big tech companies are believed to be working on their own solutions — including Microsoft’s xCloud streaming service, and even Apple is reportedly looking into similar ideas.