Google eyes gaming with 'Yeti' streaming service

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Google eyes gaming with 'Yeti' streaming service

The cloud-based service would allow users to play games as they're being streamed, instead of downloading screengrabs.

Essentially, it appears that hardware will be an Android TV-style device (like the Nvidia Shield) that relies on streaming games from the Play Store rather than downloads.

If Google opts not to make a gaming console, it would leverage Chromecast devices and speedy internet connections, said the report.

Let's say Google launches a game streaming service with a modest monthly subscription price, granting you access to a library of games playable via a Chromecast.

Video game streaming has been picking up quite a bit of steam lately.

Games-on-demand services are picking up a little more than expected, between the exploding success of the Xbox Game Pass, and Sony continuing to try to make a thing out of its cloud-based PlayStation Now service. But The Information reports that senior executives at Google have never given gaming projects the required resources and attention to grow, leading to unrealized ideas and disorganization.

Google has reportedly been talking to "top-tier gaming developers" regarding its plans. However, the firm told Reuters Harrison will report to Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president for hardware.

Google recently unveiled a new update to its Daydream View VR headset.

There's been a lot of talk over the years about Google considering an entry into the console market. Harrison also worked for Microsoft Corp's Xbox group for three years.

The Information reports that the service has been in development for over two years, and almost saw the light of day over the holidays.

While leveraging Android titles offers a very big ready-made gaming universe, the report says Google is looking to strike exclusive deals with developers for the new cloud service.

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