Is Google really making a Gaming Console?

Can the video game industry sustain yet another console? Well we’re about to find out because yesterday, Google left no doubt that it’s making a serious move into video gaming with a teaser trailer for what surely looks like its own game console.

So what will this Google console be? In the past we’ve heard rumors of multiple potential models of hardware with different levels of power. Maybe there’s an entry-level unit similar to that of an Nvidia Shield or Apple TV micro-console while a premium model has moderate PC specs? Of course this is only speculation but we are very intrigued to see what Google has up its sleeve. The console would also surely take advantage of Google’s Project Stream to let players enjoy demanding AAA games as long as they have a good enough internet connection.


Above: Possible Google Controller
Image Credit: Google

Another possibility is that the hype is all about the game controller the company patented. News about the controller leaked a few days ago and if that’s what the buildup is leading to, it’s going to be a disappointment.

However, Google’s new VP is Jade Raymond. Raymond was a Producer for The Sims Online for EA. She is best known for her work at Ubisoft where she was the Producer or Executive Producer of several Assassins’ Creed games, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Watchdogs. Don’t be surprised if Raymond makes an appearance onstage at Google’s GDC show.

Google will be facing serious competition from well-established players if it’s planning on going large into gaming. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo aren’t likely to welcome Google's efforts with open arms. But then again, Google’s come from behind against seemingly unassailable foes before. Think Android, the Chrome browser, Gmail and the company’s family of smart home devices. Patience, perseverance, deep pockets and world-class software engineers can pay off in the long run. On the other hand, Google also has a record of charging in and fading away. Remember Google Glass? Yeah, us neither.

All will be revealed at Google’s GDC conference next week. In the meantime check out this other bizarre gaming rumor -- Microsoft’s plans for Xbox Live.
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