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Patent reveals possible first look at Google's gaming controller

Patent reveals possible first look at Google's gaming controller

Google has a mysterious announcement to make at GDC 2019, and we're speculating that announcement will regard their rumored Project Yeti console, the hardware that is expected to accompany Google's "Netflix of games" streaming service powered by Chromecast and Project Stream technology. Later this month, it is, along with Microsoft, expected to go into deeper details about Project Stream, its own brand of game streaming technology that it tested with Assassin's Creed Odyssey October previous year. Most of the differences lie in their layout as well as the extra buttons they add on top.

One touch that's distinctively Google-esque is what looks like a voice control button in the center - a way of calling up Google Assistant perhaps while you're in the middle of a gaming session.

Google's video game controller has (potentially) been revealed early in patent filings

The patent also details a notification system built into the controller, that could permit a "seamless activation of a game or other application on a host device from a game controller". Unfortunately, even though the renders have been professionally crafted (and clearly based on the patent's drawings and text), reception for the controller has been pretty harsh, with many on Twitter comparing the hardware accessory with the ungainly controller that came with the failed Ouya console.

A patent has surfaced that offers a glimpse as to what Google's controller design could look like. It mostly talks about notifications being received on the controller, possibly conveyed via haptic feedback. Instead of being used with a specific device, the Google controller would be used with several devices and device types - so you could have one controller that worked across a television screen, a PC, a tablet, and a mobile phone. A lot of the language seems to be geared towards a client-server system that sounds a lot like a game streaming system.

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