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Google said to expand video game interests, to develop "Yeti" game streaming platform



Following the first news in February, a new report has spelled out Google's plans for video games, which include a game streaming service and hardware.

According to five people who have spoken with Kotaku, Google is drifting in three directions: a game streaming service (codenamed Yeti) similar to Nvidia's GeForce Now, hardware that facilitates the streaming platform and courted game developers.

Kotaku's source says that Google has hit "several big video game companies". at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco in March and at the E3 2018 in Los Angeles in early June. Google reportedly reported on its streaming platform to "attract interest" and is interested in both, developers and studios.

A game streaming service would allow Google to leverage its cloud power, YouTube, Gmail, and the rest of the suite. It would also help bring its game offerings to any platform, regardless of its specifications. Of course, playing games requires high bandwidth usage and low latency, which are still major hurdles in most parts of the world, including India.

There is no information on the hardware side of things, Kotaku says, except that "It will somehow connect to the streaming service."

This is not the first time that Google is trying to get into video games. It tried to acquire Twitch in 201

4, but Amazon won that particular round. Back in January, Google Phil Harrison, a veteran of the industry, held key positions at Sony and Microsoft before joining Google.

Game streaming is considered the future as it will get rid of expensive hardware requirements. Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot said so in early June. And at E3 in 2018, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said Microsoft is working to develop "console-quality streaming games on every device".

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