New reports confirm that Google is secretly working on building their own game streaming service named Yeti. Microsoft has indirectly confirmed that streaming services is the future for gaming by adding all their exclusives to the Xbox Game Pass.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 is not going to accept any of these in the near future but everyone else is joining the fray already. Even, PlayStation got its PS Now streaming services, Nvidia Gerforce Now is one other and Google may join it with Yeti.
For a game streaming subscription service, Yeti doesn’t make any sense but it is obviously a codename which will later be changed into something more relevant. Players will pay a monthly subscription fee for which they will have access more games than they could ever play.
Instead of focusing on Xbox One, PS4 or PC, Google is going to provide the service exclusively to their Chromecast devices and the Android TV box. As Chromecast is a very cheap HDMI dongle, all you need to do is buy a compatible controller and enjoy games on the big screen. The games may not be on par with console titles but will be an Android platform with some AAA titles like Modern Combat among others.
Google is in discussion with multiple game developers at this point to get them onboard and develop exclusive titles. The pricing for the monthly subscription and the type of games that players could expect is not known at the moment. The company may also add support for Microsoft’s Xbox One controller which is the most popular model available in the market right now. As it supports Bluetooth connectivity, any television or Android TV box that supports the same will lead to a more streamlined experience.
The game streaming service from Google may not affect PS Now or Xbox Game Pass as it looks like they are going to be more Android friendly.