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A Google Video Game Streaming Service Or Console Could Be In The Works

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Wild claims are made in the tech industry by publications all the time and recently, a report from The Information indicated that Google could be working on a video game streaming services. What’s more, the streaming could be done either via Google’s Chromecast or through a new console that the company is supposedly working on.

According to the report, the service is codenamed “Yeti” and will apparently work similarly to Sony’s PlayStation Now. That is to say, it will have a subscription fee to provide consumers with access to its gaming library. As Ars Technica points out, the part about this service being done with Chromecast is difficult to imagine since the controller input would be a difficult issue to solve.

On the other hand, a console would be a completely different matter because it would have all of the ports and features that are typically found in the video game industry. This is the more likely scenario, as well, because the report indicates that Mario Queiroz, VP of product management, and Majd Bakar, VP of engineering are working on it.

If nothing else, Google’s interest in video game streaming isn’t surprising considering the recent hubbub around Microsoft’s own Xbox Game Pass service. The growth in the gaming industry has also been steady and healthy, so it’s only natural that the search engine firm would want to get in on that.

As The Verge notes, however, Google already has a major stake in the gaming industry in the form of YouTube’s massive community. Let’s Plays and reviews by major stars on the platform make it the go-to service for a lot of video game enthusiasts.

There’s also the fact that Google has a significant amount of control in a huge chunk of the mobile gaming scene via its Android OS. Considering that the company did just hire gaming legend, Phil Harrison, last month, it’s possible that it’s ready to extend its ambitions.

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