Google is set to announce something new for the gaming space in a keynote at the GDC today. What Google’s gaming plans may be is anyone’s guess, but the company has certainly been building interest for its new platform, which many speculate is a box and controller for its upcoming Project Stream service.
Project Stream, which allows you to stream high-end games through your Chrome browser on even the most basic PCs, was first revealed last year. The company held a closed beta for the service, allowing players to stream Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Chrome for a limited time, which garnered positive feedback. It’s no surprise, then, that Google is full steam ahead on its gaming initiative.
Recently, the company even hired former Ubisoft and Electronic Arts executive Jade Raymond as a vice president, although it’s unclear what exactly she’ll be overseeing at this time. Yet, there’s no doubt that Raymond’s hiring shows that Google is very serious about jumping into the gaming business. Recruiting a top team with tons of AAA experience is a good start.
Rumor and speculation have surrounded Google’s impending announcement for the past few months. Most recently, the alleged design for a Google controller made its way online, although the leak was later debunked as a mock-up of an old patent. Kotaku reports that Project Stream will be full of ambitious ideas, such as YouTube integration that will “automatically load up the correct spot in a YouTube walkthrough if you want help.” Additionally, Google wants to roll out the service on multiple devices, including PCs, tablets, smartphones, and TVs, according to the outlet.
Whatever Google has up its sleeve, we’ll find out for sure during today’s presentation. The keynote starts at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. You can watch the full presentation below:
Stay tuned for much more Google news as we learn it!