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Google teases its big break into video games

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Years ago, on comedy website Cracked of all places (which is kind of similar to us but they’re actually funny), I read a post about the future of video games. In it, was a look at tomorrow and how games would be delivered. Not as fully completed products on a physical storage medium, but rather as piecemeal releases that would be streamed to a console.

Back then, I scoffed at the idea. I scoffed to the max, because surely such a lofty idea would never find a place with consumers…right? These days, I’m not so certain. Hell, in the current gaming landscape, I’m more than content to have a digital library, with the majority of my games grabbed from an online store. A truth that exists across all three of my primary consoles, and a new status quo that I’m happy with as services such as Xbox’s Game Pass prove themselves to be actual value for money.

I’m still not convinced over the idea of streaming gameplay to a console. PlayStation Now only works in a select market for a tiny number of people who can afford the high-speed connection necessary to maintain a stable experience, and short of emigrating to South Korea, that’s not going to change any time soon unless some radical new software can make the system work across a wider variety of regions.

Google might have solved that conundrum. The search engine titan has been investing an ungodly amount of cash into gaming, and it looks like a reveal is finally on the way. Invites to Google’s Game Developer’s Conference 2019 keynote have begun circulating (Thanks GI.Biz), with said notes revealing a “light at the end of the tunnel” and a date of March 19 for a reveal which will kick off at 7PM CET/10AM PST.

What’s on the agenda? Well back in October 2018, Google showed off Project Stream, which broadcast gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at a rate of 60fps over a 1080p resolution through Google’s Chrome browser. It’s kind of impressive stuff, if you’ve got the internet connection to handle it:

There were still some latency issues during the trial period that Google ran for Project Stream, but the results did look promising. Hopefully the March reveal of what’s next, shows even further improvement for the system. There are also murmurs the company will reveal its own gaming console. Welcome to the future of gaming.

Last Updated: February 20, 2019

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