Google to challenge home consoles with Yeti project

Google to challenge home consoles with Yeti project

According to Kotaku, who claim to have heard from sources who "have either been briefed on Google's plans or heard about them secondhand", Google now has a "three-pronged" strategy in place for a new gaming system to rival those now on the market.

During this year's Game Developers Conference, Google representatives met with several well known game companies in order to hear their thoughts on the matter. Rumors have also surfaced that Google is looking to purchase game development studios.

Rumors of the platform, code-named Yeti, have been around since February when The Information first reported Google was looking to get into games (thanks, Nintendo Life).

Codenamed "Yeti", the under-wraps project would look to offload the processing requirements of high-end games to its own off-site server, allowing standard smart TVs or even budget PCs to replicate the performance of much more advanced hardware. In 2016, the Google-incubated studio Niantic scored one of the biggest gaming successes of the last decade with Pokémon Go, but it had spun out into an independent company the year before. 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".

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Kotaku also points to the ongoing issues with video game streaming, specifically the effects of slow internet speed that make it hard to download large chunks of gaming data.

Right now, any games industry domination is simply in the planning stages, according to "five people who have either been briefed on Google's plans or heard about them secondhand", Kotaku reports.

The big splash of water on any excitement for streaming is of course internet bandwidth.

Google provides a lot of useful services, including the most popular smartphone operating system in the world. Still, the potential is sky high with a company like Google, and they recently brought on Phil Harrison (a former Sony President and Microsoft Vice President) among other video game veterans. Offloading the hardware component to the cloud allows any device to play visually-intensive titles, and while previous attempts at making such a service scale to a wider audience have failed (remember OnLive?), if there's anyone that can sort out the technical details, it's Google.

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