Google Readying Codename 'Yeti' Game Streaming Service, Possible Standalone Console

08 February, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Larry Hoffman
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Before Yeti, there have been "multiple projects" within Google like an Android-based gaming console that have failed due to waning support from senior executives. According to business mag The Information, the service is now codenamed Yeti, and could potentially either work through Chromecast or a new Google-developed piece of hardware. Will Yeti only allow users to play Android games, or will Google be able to partner with other developers/publishers so you can have access to bigger titles like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto? The company is developing a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on Google's Chromecast or possibly a Google-made console still being developed, according to people with knowledge of the project.

According to a report from The Information, Google's latest venture has everything to do with gaming, an area that so far it's been absent from. That means users would not download software to a hard drive, but stream the game from a Google server instead. However, two services that have endured is GeForce Now from NVIDIA and PlayStation Now from Sony.

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Google has always been rumored to get more serious about the games industry. However, bolstering the prospects for game streaming is Google's hiring last month of gaming industry veteran Phil Harrison, who's spent years in the upper ranks of both PlayStation and Xbox. Harrison also worked for Microsoft Corp's Xbox group for three years.

We've reached out to Google for a comment on the existence of the games console and will update this article when we hear back.

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Reports are circulating that claim that Google is working on a game streaming service that would work in a similar way to Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. The report in The Information says that Google has already started talks with developers about Yeti, but that's about as deep as it goes.

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