GOOGLE's big new announcement is coming, and we're expecting the announcement to make executives at the Big Three - Son, Microsoft and Sony - a little nervous.
A newly discovered patent may have revealed the design and features of the controller for the rumored Google gaming console. The patent itself is a for a notification system, but it comes with technical sketches of a controller that resembles the DualShock controller for the PlayStation 4.
Appearantly, Google is planning on announcing it's latest tech venture - a game streaming console/service - on March 19 at GDC.
Here's an artist's rendering of the rumered controller design (based on a patent):
I can't say that I would buy this, but I'm definately interested to see what the final product looks like.
edit: I'm a noob. Article texts:
We're getting very close to the announcement of whatever Google has been cooking up in the game's side of things for the last few years.
As Microsoft gears up to show us what it's got in store for us in the next generation with the evolution of its xCloud services and the multiple versions of the rumoured Xbox Scarlett, and Sony slowly puts together its PlayStation 5 plans, Google looks like it's about to throw its hat into the ring, too.
The mega-company has announced it is set to host a keynote presentation on March 19th at 10AM PT in San Francisco for the annual Game Developer’s Conference - and the rumours are worth sitting up and listening for.
As per BusinessInsider, Google itself has sent out an invite to press with the simple-yet-effective tagline "Gather Around" with some ominous imagery attached.
But what could this incoming announcement be? Well, according to a recent report from The Information, Google has recently stepped up its work on “a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on Google’s Chromecast or possibly a Google-made console."
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about this console. Codenamed ‘Yeti’, the service is rumoured to not only be a video games machine but a Netflix-style game streaming platform too.
Alongside that the firm is trying to bring game developers under the Google umbrella "whether through aggressive recruiting or even major acquisitions".
Industry insiders are at fever pitch as the company throws hundreds of millions at a potential new gaming arm that will aim to break up the status quo in console gaming.
Last year, Jason Schreier of Kotaku, said:
"We haven’t heard many specifics about Google’s video game plans, but what we have heard is that it’s a three-pronged approach: 1) Some sort of streaming platform, 2) some sort of hardware, and 3) an attempt to bring game developers under the Google umbrella, whether through aggressive recruiting or even major acquisitions.
"That’s the word from five people who have either been briefed on Google’s plans or heard about them secondhand."
The timing makes sense - towards the latter end of last year (and at the start of this year), Google has been testing Project Stream by allowing users to run a pretty demanding title, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, via a browser in their internet browser.
The success of this period has proved, without doubt, that Google is capable of streaming top-tier, triple-A games over the internet - something that many competitors (OnLive, Ouya and more) have spectacularly failed at previously.
So what can we likely expect from the company as we head towards the announcement? It’s not unreasonable to assume a cheap-but-effective bit of tech will be announced: think Chromecast for games, something that will plug and play into your TV, that you can pair a bluetooth device with to play.
Considering Ubisoft’s existing relationship with Google - and the success of the Assassin’s Creed test - we’d expect to maybe see more Ubi games announced for a launch period on Project Stream (or whatever it ends up being called).
We’ll have more information for you as the news breaks on March 19.
A newly discovered patent may have shown the design and features of the controller for Google’s rumored gaming console, which will reportedly be revealed this month.
The patent is not for the controller itself, but rather for a notification system. It will enable the controller to let the player know if a game becomes available, if the player has received an invitation, if there are changes on a leaderboard, and if a chat request was received.
The document, filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, comes with images that reveal the design of the controller, which resembles the PlayStation 4 DualShock controller.
There are two joysticks, a directional pad, four gameplay buttons, and pairs of shoulder and trigger buttons. There also appear to be home and back buttons at the top part of the controller, a circular button that Google referred to in the patent as an action button, and microphone button in between the joysticks that may hint at compatibility with Google Assistant.
The patent was filed in October last year, and is a continuation of a previous filing that was lodged in 2014. This means that there may have been changes to the controller’s design, if the patent is indeed for the rumored Google gaming console.
That did not stop people from creating unofficial renders based on the patent’s technical sketches though, with Twitter user Reps coming up with this:
The rumored Google gaming console is known as Project Yeti, which aims to run high-performance titles on Google’s machines and then stream them to devices owned by players. Part of Project Yeti is Project Stream, which ended a three-month demo in January that successfully streamed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Chrome browsers.
The hardware for Project Yeti reportedly started as a Chromecast dongle, but it has since evolved into a console and controller that were designed by Google, which is rumored to be revealed at the Game Developers Conference on March 19.
It remains unclear if the controller in the discovered patent will be what Google will unveil at GDC 2019, if the rumors are true. The event is just a week away though, so official confirmation may arrive soon.