Only recently we reported on how Nvidia is making its mark with the GeForce Now, an online cloud-based game streaming platform. The game streaming services offer computing prowess of a high-end gaming rig without the need to buy one. Google is reportedly planning for a subscription based game streaming service which, in all likelihood, will be paired alongside a “Made by Google” gaming console.
The report pegs the “Yeti” on a similar league as the PlayStation Now and Nvidia’s GeForce Now. Subscribers will be served with a stream from a high-end gaming rig to their device via the cloud gaming platform. The gameplay will be facilitated via the hardware controller by Google. The company has already been working on the project Yeti for the last two years. As per the report, Google has been trying out various forms of Android-based Cloud gaming platform from quite some time.
Meanwhile, Google is also in talks with leading gaming developers and is likely to capture a large chunk of the gaming industry pegged at $109 billion. Google has also been hiring Microsoft and Sony gaming veterans, and this speaks volumes about their intention to make a mark in the gaming industry. That being said, the cloud game streaming platforms currently suffer from several bottlenecks. Most importantly, the platforms would require a high-speed internet connection with least possible latency. It will be interesting to see how Google will deal with the shortcomings.
Gaming has evolved quite a bit in the last few years, but it still suffers from one big downside. High-end gaming equates to high computing power, and thus one needs to build a gaming rig or order a pre-built one. In all the scenarios, the basic cost for a gaming machine is pretty high, and this can be a deterrent for many. In such cases, the game streaming services will potentially solve the problem by eliminating the need for expensive gaming rigs.