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Is the Next Gaming Service Coming From Google?
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Is the Next Gaming Service Coming From Google?

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Google is a megalithic empire of electronic services. Their think tank has provided us with tons of apps, likeGoogle Home (the personal assistant that lives in your house), they’ve dabbled in self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, virtual reality headsets, and more. So what’s next for Google? Well, it’s sounding a lot like they are getting into the video game business.

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Earlier this year, Phil Harrison, former PlayStation, and Xbox executive, was named vice president and general manager at Google and with him came rumors that Google might be working on a next-generation platform. Recently more information came to light that confirms these rumors are more fact than fiction. According to a report from Kotaku, Google has been courting video game developers at recent conferences like GDC and E3 in order to gauge interest in a streaming platform they are developing which is nicknamed Yeti for the moment.

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Being a streaming service the platform could allow users to play games their computers couldn’t normally handle, by having Google’s hardware handle resource-heavy tasks like rending graphics. Other companies have tried to provide this kind of service before with varying success. The first company to try, OnLive, unfortunately faced heavy criticism and was eventually purchased and shut down by Sony to be replaced by their own service, PlayStation Now. Nvidia has also started a service called GeForce Now and while they don’t have the most robust selection of games, the platform can stream games at a pretty high resolution. The major issue for all companies so far has been that you need a fast and reliable internet service in order to enjoy these games.

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With the path already paved by others, it stands to reason that Google could turn their massive resources to improving on the model and producing a platform that could make gaming even more accessible to players everywhere. They even have a solution to the internet connection issues with their services like Google Fiber a high-speed service which is limited at the moment to select cities, but significantly faster than other providers. Will we see our favorite AAA games on our PCs anytime in the near future? Only time will tell.

 What do you think of streaming services like the Yeti? Which games would you want to play on it? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to tune into Game Engine on Twitch and Alpha for more video game goodness every Tuesday starting at 4PM PT.

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Hailing from New York, Jessica Fisher is a writer, artist, and all around geek. In addition to Geek & Sundry, she writes for Gameosity.com and produces the Gameosity Reviews Youtube Channel. Find her talking about all things geeky on Twitter as @miniktty.

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