2015, Google expanded its presence in the video game market
from Android-based Google Play Games to YouTube gaming – a
spinoff that streams live and recorded gameplay videos for free.
Now, The Information reports that
the company is planning to roll out its own cloud-powered game
streaming service, codenamed ‘Yeti’, similar to PlayStation Now
where a single subscription gives users access to tons of
Such services eliminate the need for heavy-duty gaming
hardware at the user’s end. All the processing (including
inputs from the user’s controller) is done on cloud servers,
and the processed data is streamed to the user. But it requires
blazing fast internet speeds with low latency to make the
experience as smooth as possible. And also a robust cloud
infrastructure which in this case, Google already owns it.
The service was reportedly in development for around two years,
but it’s yet to see the daylight. Google thought about a
possible launch in last year’s holiday season, but the
plan was scrapped off for reasons not known.
Although no official comment has come from Google, the report
suggests that the early experiments for Google’s game streaming
service considered Chromecast as the streaming device. Even if they
manage it, another thought out of curiosity is how a controller
would connect to a Chromecast device. Maybe, if Google already
included some hidden functionality in the streaming device.
However, the recent developments have reportedly hinted towards
a Google-made gaming console and controller in the
works. A console better fits into the picture.
It’s up to the search giant whether they’ll bring the game
streaming exclusively on a new hardware, or somehow, on
Chromecast also. The details about the price are still unclear,
and the rumored project seems nowhere near an expected launch
date. When released, it would be interesting to see how it
would compete against well-established names like Xbox One X.