The project, codenamed "Yeti", would let users subscribe to a gaming library that can be used to stream games either over the internet or through a remote device, the report claims.
Google is looking into developing a game streaming service that would allow it to stream software to a compatible Chromecast device or yet-to-be-released home console, according to a report today from The Information. Or should it stay in its lane with the vast array of Google Play store titles? We don't know if Google is planning to strike exclusivity deals with these developers or if it will create a Google-branded console for streaming, though such an idea was floated by The Information's sources. It sounds very similar to Sony's own PlayStation Now, which makes PlayStation 3 and some PlayStation 4 games accessible through streaming. 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.
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The console would avoid stepping on Nvidia's toes if it was low-spec'd enough to sit in between the Nvidia Shield and the Google Chromecast Ultra but - due to the bad blood between Google and Amazon - would likely be missing Amazon Video, available on the Nvidia Shield. Twitch's game streaming service utilizes the infrastructure of Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing arm of the e-commerce giant. Will the console play Android TV games exclusively?
Clearly Google has its tendrils deep in the gaming industry, but for a streaming service like this to be successful it would need support from third-party publishers like Ubisoft, EA and Activision-Blizzard. If anyone can get a gaming project at Google off the ground, it's someone with experience like Harrison.