Is Google About to Get Serious About Gaming?

Ruben Fields
February 21, 2019

That's a pretty ambiguous note, but Google has been hinting at some gaming initiatives lately, leading us to wonder if they have some special, serious gaming-related plans to unveil. The keynote could be the first official reveal for Project Yeti, the oft-rumoured streaming service from Google that could possibly ship with a console and controller.

Several news outlets are reporting receiving invitations from Google for an announcement set to take place at the 2019 GDC (Game Developer Conference) next month. Most recently, Google opened up a game streaming test project called Project Stream.

Project Stream, for the unaware, theoretically allowed invitees to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey within Chrome on virtually any machine at 60 FPS, with little to no latency. It isn't a new concept, OnLive popularized the idea almost a decade ago, though it didn't quite seem to be ready for consumers back then.

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The rumour mills are also predicting that Google might launch its own hardware that's dedicated to streaming. As a standalone service or product, Google's Project Stream test and it's apparent success implies it could work, at least from a technical level. Needless to say, if the rumors are true, the video game industry is in for a big disruption.

Either way, we won't have to wait long to see what the company is cooking up - Google's GDC keynote kicks off on March 19 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It's said to be codenamed "Yeti", and Google is allegedly courting developers for this new platform.

But game streaming will likely be the main thing.

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