Google will Reportedly Show Off Gaming Hardware Next Month

Posted on February 21, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Google, Hardware with 2 Comments

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.

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2 responses to “Google will Reportedly Show Off Gaming Hardware Next Month”

  1. Bob2000

    I'm skeptical of Google's push into the market without content, also latency is a major issue which is why existing cloud services have not taken off including Sony's own PS Now which has resorted to allowing full downloads running locally on PS4 but not PC. The public demo of Google service was tested by Digital Foundry and found to be no different from current offerings, not solving the latency problem.


    Maybe MS will be able to solve it, the tech behind xCloud sounds a lot like the Kahawai tech published last year at MS research on Youtube of all places.



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