Google is working on a subscription-based game streaming service, reports have claimed.
According to an article by The Information, the gaming subscription service will either be delivered over Google's Chromecast device or through a brand new platform on a new Google-made gaming console.
Codenamed "Yeti", the service would be similar to streaming services like PlayStation Now or Nvidia Shield, with users paying a subscription fee to access a collection of games, which are run on a remote device and streamed over the internet.
The project is allegedly being led by two Google hardware executives - Mario Queiroz, VP of product management, and Majd Bakar, VP of engineering - so it's more likely that the project will see the development of a new product as opposed to just a service over existing Chromecast devices.
The Information's report states that 'an early version' of this service was designed to work over a Chromecast, so this could have just been a software test ahead of developing the hardware.
According to reports, Google's new console has been in development for two years and was supposed to have been launched during last year's holiday season, but was delayed for unknown reasons. Regardless, all signs point to something console-related in the works soon.
For example, Google recently hired former long-time Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox exec Phil Harrison, who now reports to Google's SVP of Hardware, Rick Osterloh. So whatever it is, Google is surely cooking up something gaming related.
Perhaps there's also a chance of the console linking up to Google Home, the company's home personal assistant rival to Amazon Echo, which went on sale on the 6th April last year, offering integration with the Google ecosystem via Google Assistant, currently rolling out to newer Android devices.
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