Apparently, Google is readying a big gaming announcement for GDC next month which not only includes a streaming service but a console, too.
While Google made the headlines last year with its Project Stream service, which allowed a select few to stream Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the company is yet to really announce what its plans are for its foray into gaming.
Now, via a pretty plain invite to an announcement on March 19, which is the beginning days of GDC next month, we may know exactly how it plans to place its flag in this established market.
Rumour has it that Google is planning to unveil its own gaming platform alongside Google Stream, not only that certain key figures in the industry have suggested that Google is planning to release its own games console.
In a now-deleted Tweet, Liam Robertson wrote “Sitting here, looking at screenshots of unannounced Google console games and debating whether or not to release them. Don’t really want to get copyright claimed to hell.”
Kotaku’s Jason Schreier also weighed in, replying to a Tweet wondering whether Google had invested in simply just a platform, or actual games.
I've heard that Google has put money into both
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) February 19, 2019
Earlier this month, The Information also detailed sources claiming that Google was initially working on bringing the Yeti streaming service to the Chromecast, but has since been working on dedicated hardware for this.
With Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo dominating the console market, as well as several new consoles on the horizon, is Google coming into an already crowded market? All answers point to yes. However, with the recent shakeup between Steam and Epic Games Store, it seems the industry is somewhat welcome to change,