Google Is Working On A Game Streaming Service Called "Yeti"

Feb 08, 2018, 09:35
Google Is Working On A Game Streaming Service Called

Google could try to get serious about gaming with a rumored console and game-streaming service, according to the Information.

Google's gaming aspirations have to date been fairly limited, but that's about to change with a new report saying that a game streaming service, codenamed: Yeti, could be on the way. Google's Yeti project is being headed by Mario Queiroz who is VP of product management, and Majd Bakar, VP of engineering.

The report pointed out that Google has previously pursued gaming projects, however the company failed to follow through. If Google is targeting less demanding Android games for this service, then I can see it working fairly well.

The sources are, as usual, people with knowledge of the project, and also in line with previous leaks Google has declined to comment. At present, the gaming world is ruled by Sony and Microsoft with their PlayStation and Xbox consoles. This is handy for any game, but it could be especially valuable for the triple-A titles that can cost as much as $60 per game. It could also work with Google Chromecast.

Google has already had discussions with some game developers but now, it is unclear whether or not the company has managed to secure any games for the service.

It's possible Google could be planning to reveal the still-unannounced device on stage at this year's I/O, which is set for May 8th to the 10th, 2018. This is not a new idea, but it would put Google into a market that is worth around $109 billion. However, two services that have endured is GeForce Now from NVIDIA and PlayStation Now from Sony. Microsoft launched Mixer a year ago. It already has a massive content delivery infrastructure thanks to sites like YouTube, and the company now has a small gaming footprint with the Android-focused Google Play Games service and YouTube Gaming, a Twitch competitor.