Google eyes gaming with ‘Yeti’ streaming service

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Google is developing a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on its Chromecast or a Google-made console, which is still being developed, the Information website reported on Wednesday.

The service, codenamed Yeti, would put Google at the forefront of a new part of the videogame business that lets people play games as they’re being streamed, rather than using downloads or disks, the report said.

The plan that Google has been working on involves use of its cloud servers to broadcast the games to users over the internet, the Information report said, citing people with knowledge of the project.

Google has discussed Yeti with game developers, but it is unclear whether any of them will develop a game specifically for Yeti or only make existing streamed games available, the Information reported.  

The report also claims the firm has developed several iterations of Yeti so far, as it discusses the project with ‘top-tier gaming developers,’ according to 9to5Google.

Just last month, Google hired Microsoft and Sony gaming veteran Phil Harrison to head a yet undisclosed division.

Google declined to comment.

The move wouldn’t be the first time Google has expressed interest in the gaming business.

In 2016, the firm unveiled its $79 Daydream VR headset, in a move to make virtual reality more affordable.

But, it only worked with the Pixel phone.

Google later unveiled an updated version of the headset, with compatibility with far more devices.

The $99 Daydream View headset revealed in 2017 will work with the Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ & Note 8, Moto Z & Z2.

 

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