Google considering a game streaming service, console hardware

Yolanda Curtis
February 7, 2018

This new service would either work via Chromecast or a standalone "Google-made console" which is reportedly being developed.

Game streaming removes the need to purchase expensive video game hardware, since all the game processing is done in the cloud.

The Asus Nexus Player (with controller, pictured) was the closest we've ever gotten to a Google gaming device.

According to a report from The Information, Google is working on a game streaming service that could work either on Chromecast or a brand new console developed by the company.

PlayStation Now lets you stream PlayStation games, Xbox GamePass subscribers have access to Xbox games, and GeForce Now enables you to stream your entire collection of PC games on Steam. If Google's efforts with Yeti are successful, it will grab a piece of the $109 billion video game market. More recently, Google has been testing a hardware gaming console for running the Yeti service, one of the people said. We don't know how much this service would cost, or which games would be available in the library, but from the sounds of things, this will be an Android focused endeavor, rather than direct competition to the console/PC gaming market. Top-tier developers are also informed about the project, but it's not yet clear if they will allow streaming of already released games or develop brand new ones.

So far, Yeti has been discussed with game developers, although it's unclear whether the games will be developed specifically for Google's service. Last month, the company went all out to bring Phil Harrison, a former PlayStation and Xbox executive, on board to help get some ideas on the board.

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