This is what Google’s video game controller could look like

Yolanda Curtis
March 12, 2019

In addition, the controller could also store account settings and preferences, so registered users could pick it up and start gaming the way they like. But as our sister site TechRadar reports, Google is planning a big reveal event for the 2019 Game Developers Conference next week, so we could be hearing more about Project Stream - and maybe even get a glimpse of this patented controller design - sometime in the very near future. The design is nothing out of the ordinary sporting dual analog sticks, four buttons and a d-pad along with two shoulder buttons and two triggers. Given how mmost game controllers lean towards black colors, this Google controller will easily stand out.

Interestingly, Kotaku's Jason Schreier suggested it would be more than just a streaming service, tweeting that he's heard "Google has put money into both" streaming infrastructure and games. There is no official word from Google on this but the patent abstract does give us some idea about the controller if not anything else.

The patent mentions remotely firing up games on TVs and tablets, depending on what's available to use when you respond to a notification.

It also remains to be seen if this will at all fit into the company's Project Stream plans.

Thurrott reported on the discovery of the patent application which is for a notification system between the contoller and its console counterpart. There wasn't any need for a custom controller at the time, as mouse-and-keyboard combos, as well as controllers from Microsoft and Sony were supported. It's now in beta testing with just one game available: Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Google is making some of its gaming-related announcements on March 19, 2019, so we'll find out sooner rather than later whether this patent will end up as a true-to-life product or is simply for illustrative purposes.

It could also nicely round out the company's range of connected gadgets for the home.

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