Google has announced that it will present a keynote in this year’s GDC in San Francisco on 19th March. The announcement was paired with a cryptic gif of a long hallway with a light at the end, followed by the text “gather around”. There are rumors that Google has been working on a streaming console service to rival Xbox One and PS4.
Google hired former veteran Microsoft game developer Phil Harrison and PlayStation executive Richard Marks to lead its gaming division and oversee development in July 2018. Now it’s expected that search engine giant will announce the gaming console at GDC.
Till now all that has been known about Google console which is known by a code name “Project Yeti” is that instead of a standalone console, it will be a streaming service.
Tech giant opened it’s Project Stream service last October to the public, allowing those with a powerful internet connection to test it out. Project Stream allowed users to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in the Chrome browser without installing third-party clients.
The company shut it down after testing the service for three months in mid-January. The public beta test demonstrated Google’s impressive streaming technology and served as a precursor to the console they’ll be unveiling in March 2019.
There is no much of the information about the Project Yeti console that how will it look like ow what kind of hardware it may have. It was reported that Yeti’s hardware will be similar to a Chromecast dongle with the ability to sync to different kinds of controllers. Now it seems as though the hardware will be a physical console and a controller designed by Google’s hardware team.
Google has invited many gaming outlets and studios to its keynote. Reportedly, major games developers have already started work on the ways to port titles over to the streaming service. The keynote is scheduled for 10 AM PST on March 19th.
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