A report says that the gaming hardware will be announced to go along with Google’s game streaming service, codenamed Yeti.
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In what could mark it’s entry into the global gaming market, Google is reportedly announcing a gaming hardware at the Game Developers Conference scheduled to take place from March 18 through March 22, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Google had teased its streaming service called Yeti last year and it was reported to take on Nvidia GeForce Now and PlayStation Now. The reference to Project Yeti was found in the Chromium code commits.
Recently, Google announced that it will be holding a keynote at the gaming conference. It sent media invites that had a cryptic GIF showing a bright light at the end of a dark hallway before “Gather around” and the Google ‘G’ logo appears in the end. 9to5google is reporting that during the keynote, the company will announce both the game streaming service powered by the Project Stream technology, and hardware to go along with it.
The report, however, did not give out any details about what kind of hardware is expected to launch, but it could be a gaming console and a controller. Previously it was thought that the hardware related to Yeti would be a simple Chromecast-like device. The search giant was also reported to be in contact with multiple studios to port existing titles to its new streaming service, “at least for internal testing”.
Last year, a report had suggested that the Yeti project is being led by two Google hardware executives-- Mario Queiroz, Vice President of Product Management, and Majd Bakar, Vice President of Engineering. Google reportedly hired Phil Harrison, who spent 15 years with Sony's PlayStation division and three years working with Microsoft's Xbox division.
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