Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
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Google are reportedly developing a subscription-based game streaming service

Google are reportedly developing a subscription-based game streaming service

According to The Information, there could even be a Google developed video games console on the horizon, as one is supposedly being developed.

According to those sources, the game streaming service will be subscription-funded - similar in that respect to GeForce Now or PlayStation Now - as well as cloud-based.

As explained by The Information, Yeti is a streaming service that will allow players to stream games from the cloud rather than downloading them to a hard drive first. It's now under development, under the code name Yeti, and that Google is putting quite a bit of investment into it. So a full launch for the service may be in store for the near future. This has happened in multiple ways with the company being at the forefront of the market or taking inspirations from others so they can add their own splash of Google. If Google is targeting less demanding Android games for this service, then I can see it working fairly well. Specifically, we don't know what type of titles would be available on Yeti and we also don't know how players would control the game once it has been streamed. The mysterious hire of Phil Harrison (someone who has worked in Sony's Playstation division as well as Microsoft's Xbox division) is now starting to make sense and this could be a sign of a potential announcement at Google I/O 2018.

Is this a Chromecast console?

As reported, Google has been in talks with game developers, but it remains unclear whether they intend to create games exclusively for Yeti or make existing titles support the streaming service.

There's been a lot of talk over the years about Google considering an entry into the console market.

What games will you be able to play with Yeti? Will the console play Android TV games exclusively?

Well, this is interesting: it may be the case that Google wants to break into the games industry. If anyone can get a gaming project at Google off the ground, it's someone with experience like Harrison.

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