For years gaming has been largely dominated by the PlayStation and the Xbox, in an endless duel to prove themselves worthy of what they serve to the die-hard enthusiastic gamers. Well, maybe that is about to change in the near future. A recent rumor from The Information suggests that Google is eyeing gaming by launching a new gaming streaming service called “Yeti”–no pun intended.
If things stand true, Yeti should be Google’s ticket to enter the gaming arena by offering a subscription-based service more akin to Sony’s PlayStation Now. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the user would have to pay subscription fees to access a vast collection of games to be streamed over the internet to a remote device. Clearly, Google will make good use of its cloud services in the process. With Yeti being a Google service, one could only assume that it should be compatible with Chromecast devices, even though it isn’t clear how would a controller be paired to a Chromecast device.
However, it has been lately suggested that Google is also planning on launching its own made-by-Google gaming console, whereas the idea has been experimented with by two of Google’s hardware executives, namely Mario Queiroz, VP of product management, and Majd Bakar, VP of engineering. From a gamer’s perspective, launching a gaming console alongside the service seems quite logical. And when you consider the fact that Google has recently hired Phil Harrison, a man who worked at Sony’s Playstation division for 15 years and at Microsoft’s Xbox division for 3 years as an executive, why wouldn’t you put much stock into that claim?
Source: The Information