Google appears to be all set to expand its portfolio of 'Made by Google' hardware devices. We say so as the company seems to be focusing on the gaming segment. So long the Made by Google lineup comprised of smartphones predominantly. Now, the company is claimed to be working on a gaming console and a streaming service those will be added to this lineup.
As per a report by The Information, Google appears to be reportedly working on a gaming console and a hardware controller those will belong to the 'Made by Google' lineup. This lineup was initially started two years back with the Pixel smartphones bring the first ones to be launched as a part of it.
The report goes on stating that Google has reached out to some of the top game developers regarding its plan of launching gaming console and game streaming service. The search engine giant is likely prepping a game streaming service with the codename Yeti. This service is said to be similar to PlayStation Now where the users will have to pay a subscription fee to access the games those are stored in Google's cloud. This will negate the necessity to download or purchase expensive games. But it will need a lot of data.
It is claimed that this project of 'Made by Google' gaming devices will be led by a couple of Google hardware executives namely the VP of product management, Mario Queiroz and VP of engineering, Majid Bakar. The game streaming service to be made by Google is said to have been subjected to several iterations of development. Some iterations involved streaming the games to a Chromecast-enabled device while the others involved streaming games to a console.
As per the report, the streaming device is in the works for two years and the service is likely ready. It was supposed to launch late last year but has been delayed for unknown reasons. Coincidentally, Google hired Phil Harrison who has spent 15 years in the PlayStation division of Sony and three years in Microsoft's Xbox division. This is a clear evidence for us to believe that the company is serious about coming up with gaming hardware.