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.
Hopefully, this isn't yet another Google initiative that doesn't see the light of day. In 2014, the company was reportedly poised to acquire Twitch before Amazon swooped in. Either way though, gaming giants and tech giants are all looking to push into the space, so we can expect to continue hearing about cloud gaming over the years to come.
Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo could have a new rival in the hardware business, if rumours about Google's video game plans are true. It'll be interesting to see what comes out of this project, but the idea of a subscription-based game streaming service from Google certainly sounds exciting.
In recent months, however, the chatter about Google has gotten louder.
According to a report on Kotaku, multiple sources told the site Google had meetings with gaming companies at developers at GDC and E3 2018.
So what is this streaming platform, exactly? According to Kotaku's sources close to the company, they're gearing up for something big. A person familiar with Yeti said the platform could bring games like The Witcher 3 to a tab in Google Chrome. This means Google could potentially launch the hardware at a much lower price point than competing consoles, although we do not know if this is their plan. If you're stuck at a particular part of a game and need a few hints, you'll be able to activate an overlay with the press of a button that brings up a walkthrough of that game on YouTube. Rumors are swirling that the next family of Xbox consoles will be more about streaming games than a single powerful console to play them on.
Those are the rumors now floating around in games industry circles, where people are growing more excited about streaming every week.
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The big splash of water on any excitement for streaming is of course internet bandwidth.
"Creating a new service to sell games, creating new games or working with existing games companies would give Google, Netflix and Snapchat increased audience appeal, more features and services, and help them make more money". While Fiber has run into roadblocks and is still a limited service, with locations in only a handful of cities, it does show that Google is capable of solutions to the bandwidth problem that no other gaming company can offer.
Still, some developers we've spoken to who have heard about the project are skeptical. 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.