-We already know that Google has been working on a cloud-based streaming service for games. Google has reportedly been working on the service, titled ‘Project Yeti’ since at least 2016. Google officially announced the gaming service in October of 2018. Google later partnered with Ubisoft and gave out invitations to beta testers to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on their streaming service. Users could play the game right on their Google Chrome browsers on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS. The only requirement to play the game via the streaming service was to have an Internet connection of 25 megabits per second or above.
Project Yeti Console Release At Game Developers Conference
For the unfamiliar, the Game Developers Conference is a yearly event for video game developers. The conference is considered to be the largest professional game industry event. Today, Google announced a keynote at the Game Developers Conference. Google did not specify what the keynote would be about. However, 9to5Google claims that a close source to the project has shed some light on what we can expect from the keynote.
The source states that we can expect Google to give us more details regarding Project Stream. We can also expect Google to announce hardware to go along with Project Stream, codenamed Project ‘Yeti’. This does not come as a surprise as it had already been confirmed that Google was working on a Console to go along with the game streaming service. It has also further been revealed that Google has been testing the full version of the Yeti streaming service internally. and reports suggest that it will also be including an in-game chat to the streaming service You can read more about Project Yeti here.
Microsoft will also be talking about their own cloud-based streaming service for games, Project xCloud, at the Game Developers Conference. It will be interesting to see how the two streaming services would stack up against each other. You can read more about Project xCloud here.
Could streaming services be the future of gaming? These services allow AAA titles to run without the need for expensive hardware, allowing budget gaming users to run these titles.
Google’s GDC keynote will be taking place on the 19th of March at 10 AM.