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Google planning its own streaming video game console claim sources

01 July 2018, 08:40 | Jodi Jackson

Bulky game consoles could become a thing of the past

Bulky game consoles could become a thing of the past

According to a report on Kotaku, multiple sources told the site Google had meetings with gaming companies at developers at GDC and E3 2018.

According to various sources discussing the situation with Kotaku, Google is currently developing its own cloud gaming platform to tackle PlayStation Now, GeForce Now and whatever it is that Microsoft has coming up. Today's report even suggests Google is interested buying out game studios outright. There have been whispers about the project, codenamed Yeti, since February of this year when The Information reported it. As the two transition into their cloud streaming services, there is no real victor yet, and it is fair game for Google to try and compete. The Kotaku report inlcuded a quote from on of their sources, "As one person familiar with Yeti described it: Imagine playing The Witcher 3 within a tab on Google Chrome". Both Sony and Xbox already offer subscription services for access to a wide library of titles, though Xbox Game Pass still relies on downloads for offline use, and Sony is looking to replicate that feature with their own PlayStation Now. Numerous rumors we've heard need to be presented with some skepticism until we actually see them in action.

Kotuku now has more information and has heard that Google is working on some sort of hardware to link up to the streaming service. Instead of busting out your laptop when you're facing a particularly hard boss, you could theoretically overlay a guide from YouTube with the simple press of a button.

For several generations Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have been the three biggest names in the console market, but another major player could be planning to enter the fray. The streaming service would hypothetically allow you to play modern, graphics-intensive games without expensive hardware, as most of the processing work would be done remotely. Moreover, it's also been trying to get some game studios to sign-up for its streaming service, while continuing to approach others for potential acquisitions.

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 previous year, alongside a number of other leaders in the gaming world.

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