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Google is gearing up for its own gaming platform to take on the big guns according to a report

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We might have a new gaming contender on the horizon, as the tech giant Google could be entering the market in the future and plans to take on the big guns like PlayStation and Xbox. This is according to sources who spoke to Kotaku.

Before we continue, please remember to always take reports such as this with a large helping of salt until such time as an official announcement has been made.

Google’s gaming platform is reportedly codenamed “Project Yeti” and it sounds like Google is gearing up for something big, as sources indicate that Google doesn’t just want to woo developers with Project Yeti but buy developer studios as well. The gaming platform is said to have two major components, a streaming service and some kind of hardware.

That’s not to say that the hardware will be a fully-fledged console and could only be something like a streaming box, but at the time of writing, there is no information about the hardware. Kotaku talks about Project Yeti chatter:

In recent months, however, the chatter about Google has gotten louder. At the Game Developers Conference in March of this year, Google representatives met with several big video game companies to gauge interest in its streaming platform, which is code-named Yeti, sources said. (The existence of Google’s Yeti was first reported by the website The Information earlier this year.) Google also took meetings at E3 in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, those sources said, and from what we’ve heard, the company is looking not just to woo game developers to the Yeti service but to buy development studios entirely.

The thing about a streaming service is that most South Africans probably won’t be able to make good use of it, as the connection speed required to stream games and their large data packages could be too much for most connections to handle, or if they can, capped options might suffer.

One person reportedly familiar with Project Yeti described it as: “Imagine playing The Witcher 3 within a tab on Google Chrome.

That sounds all good and well for those with mammoth internet connections, but what about the rest of the world? That’s why the hardware part is exciting if it could be some kind of console with the streaming service just carrying part of the weight. Rumours suggest that the hardware will link up with the streaming service in some way.

Further, there is also an issue of latency for those not living close to the datacentres, so we will just have to wait and see what Google comes up with if the project ever sees the light of day that is.

Source: Kotaku

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