Google May Be Entering the Video Game Business With New Game Streaming Service

Stream Games with Just a Google Chromecast

Tech giant Google is reportedly working on a cloud-based game streaming service as a way to enter the video game industry, according to sources of the website The Information.

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The service, codenamed Yeti, would function similarly to PlayStation Now or GeForce Now in that it’ll allow people to stream full games, rather than playing from a digital download or disc. Yeti would be compatible with Google’s Chromecast or possibly a Google-made console. According to the latest figures, over 55 million Chromecast devices have been sold, which means Google may already have a gigantic install base before announcing anything.

While there are various platforms out there, cloud-based gaming still has yet to be perfected. The idea is that the player wouldn’t need high-end equipment to run a game since the hardware would exist on the provider’s end. The provider runs the game — hopefully at the highest quality — and then streams it to the user. If all goes well, the player shouldn’t notice a difference from physical hardware.

Sony purchased Gaikai years ago before announcing their PlayStation Now service in 2014. Gaikai’s technology powers Sony’s service which allows users to stream an assortment of PS3 and PS4 games to their PS4 console.

It will be interesting to see how Google handles Yeti if this report is true. It’s been said before in regards to other game-streaming services but, if done well, this could be a literal game changer.

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