We now have more details about Google’s rumored gaming venture.
Kotaku published a report Thursday in which five sources confirmed that the tech company was developing a video game streaming service similar to GeForce Now. Though there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the undertaking, insiders told the publication that the platform would include some type of hardware that could rival PlayStation and Xbox. Sources also claim Google will attempt to join forces with game developers either “through aggressive recruiting or even major acquisitions.” The web giant is said to have met with a number of big-time gaming companies in recent months; however, Google has not made an official announcement about the platform codenamed Yeti.
Kotaku also points to the ongoing issues with video game streaming, specifically the effects of slow internet speed that make it difficult to download large chunks of gaming data. Google’s rumored platform may solve this problem by allowing the cloud “to pull the weight.” This would also allow Google to offer a much more affordable, low-end console without sacrificing the quality of the gaming experience.
There are also whispers that the service will be integrated with YouTube to assist those who get stuck during a game.
Imagine you’re playing a game and you run into a tricky boss or don’t know how to solve a puzzle. 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.
This all sounds incredibly cool and game-changing; but can Google actually pull it off? Be sure to keep it locked here as more information about the gaming service becomes available.