Google patent reveals Project Stream controller

Ruben Fields
March 11, 2019

Highly anticipated: Google is expected to announce its gaming console at the Game Developers Conference on March 19th.

Right up front the online gamer community has embraced the new controller with all of the sensitivity and tact of a frat BBQ, with many a criticism of it's comfort, design and the quality of the gaming service been called into question.

The first hint comes via a patent for the game controller, which shows a publication date of January 31, 2019.

Of course, this is just a patent, so it's entirely possible that the controller detailed here may never actually see the light of day. There are also two shoulder buttons and two triggers as well.

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A dedicated controller for Project Stream could certainly make sense for people who haven't yet invested in other gaming hardware, and are waiting to dip their toes into games without having to rely on a high-end setup. Additionally, there's a menu button, a home button, a Google button, and a microphone button. The renders appear to be the ones from Yanko Design, and may or may not be indicative of the final product.

The patent details the functionality of the controller it has designed for the game streaming platform, including basic sketches of the gamepad's layout. The game controller itself has a built-in notification system that can notify a player of various game-related responses (i.e. chat notification, leaderboard changes, etc.). Users can choose on which device to launch the app that they received the notification from.

Tweeters have pointed out the relative size of the small analog sticks to the rest of the game controller and the chunky-looking handles have also been criticized. It won't be long until we learn all there needs to know about Google's entry into the gaming industry.

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