Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

"Google is planning a game platform" to rival Playstation, Xbox

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Kayla Schwartz | 01 July, 2018, 20:40

Google is making plans to break into the games industry by offering a games streaming service and possibly hardware, according to a report from Kotaku. But now the company is also rumored to be meeting with video game developers and even large companies at recent events like E3 to sway them to the Yeti platform.

Google (GOOG) is reportedly very serious about building its own video game platform. Not only does Google want to impress outside companies, it also wants to foster internal gaming development.

Google was the company behind the birth of software developer Niantic, before it went independent, and we all know how well its Pokémon Go title did. As one person familiar with Yeti described it: Imagine playing The Witcher 3 within a tab on Google Chrome.

There are also whispers that the service will be integrated with YouTube to assist those who get stuck during a game. It'll be interesting to see what comes out of this project, but the idea of a subscription-based game streaming service from Google certainly sounds exciting. Instead of opening up your laptop or checking your phone for a guide, you could press a button to activate an overlay on your screen that cues up a YouTube walkthrough of the game you're playing. In fact, Google has hired top game developers and marketers from EA, PlayStation, and other similar firms recently.

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Streaming technology has been around for a few years now but it's always limited by the speed and reliability of broadband, since because the hardware itself isn't doing any of the work any fluctuation in the Internet connection can result in lag or lower quality graphics. There's no time-frame for when Google would launch the service, but their October "Made by Google" event would be a ideal place to launch it, though if they want to do it right we may have to wait until next year to see it after they've lined up more content creators.

Regardless, gaming would open another area for Google and Microsoft to compete on, while Sony of course uses Android and creates Assistant devices.

At this time, even less information is available on any hardware plans Google has in the works.

Google's recent hires also lend credence to suggestions it is up to something in the gaming world, with PlayStation and Xbox veteran Phil Harrison joining the company within the past year, alongside a number of other leaders in the gaming world.

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