Google plans for gaming conference news stoke streaming-service fires

Alfred Osborne
February 21, 2019

We've known that Google has wanted to break into the gaming industry on some level for a while now. Google has had at a presence at past GDCs, the annual get-together for gaming developers.

Google will nearly certainly not be alone in touting game streaming, if indeed our predictions prove correct, as Microsoft has Project XCloud, Redmond's own game streaming service that aims to pump Xbox One games to all manner of devices. Project Stream allowed folks play the then-brand-new Assassin's Creed Odyssey using only their Chrome browser, provided they had at least a 25mbps Internet connection.

Invitations for Google's GDC 2019 keynote went out today with a "light at the end of the tunnel" gif noting the date. Apparently, last year's GDC was when the company first privately showed Yeti to developers, so it would make sense for them to do the big reveal at this year's show. It isn't a new concept, OnLive popularized the idea almost a decade ago, though it didn't quite seem to be ready for consumers back then. More recently, Google has been testing a hardware gaming console for running the Yeti service, one of the people said.

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Either way, we won't have to wait long to see what the company is cooking up - Google's GDC keynote kicks off on March 19 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. That implies that Google doesn't want to just build a gaming platform for third-party studios, but that it also wants to develop and publish its own games too.

According to The Information, the search giant is planning for a serious foray into game streaming, which is now a nascent market.

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