Google developing its own Android-powered games console - Report

Wall Street Journal reports Google is expected to launch an Android-powered video games console later this year.

Internet giant Google is working on its own Android-powered games console, a new report claims.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google intends to release the console later this year, alongside an Android-powered wristwatch. The report adds that both devices are in production to compete with similar devices that Apple may release in the future.

WSJ sources add that Google has expectations that Apple will launch a gaming console as part of its next wave of Apple TV products.

One source says that Google is also keeping a watch on the $99 Ouya, the Android-powered microconsole that saw its public release this week. Amazon sold out of its Ouya stock earlier this week, although the console is now back in stock.

Both Google and Apple declined to comment.

Any upcoming video games hardware, from either Google or Apple, would have to compete with Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, both of which will launch later this year.

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obsequies
obsequies

and the ouya bashing hipsters praise the gooya

ck10304
ck10304

I feel if this is true, Google should really announce it soon before it just gets completely swept under the rug this holiday season by the boatload of other consoles being/already released

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

yo I'm down for this id buy this in a heartbeat ONLY if that if u buy the game on this the game is available on all ur supported devices than that would be true gaming start a game in my t v than finish it on my cell phone or tablet on my way to school that would be reeeeally sweet!!!!

the-medz
the-medz

it google can offer noth mobile and console type games on one system with the ability to use google and download all some apps, then i'm sold.

instigator81
instigator81

Whole console with controller is $100.  A second controller?  $50.  Ouch.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Just f**king stop.  The more consoles there are, the more time it will take to develop cross-platform games, leading to less time being spent making sure that each platform's game is well-tested and debugged.  In short, more consoles = more sh***y games.  And probably higher prices to cover the necessary translators needed to port the code over to yet another flash-in-the-pan console.  Just f**king stop, NOW.  I won't buy a Google game platform.  At this point, I wish all platforms would go away and all the games return to PC-only status.  The PC is the best platform of all, IMNSHO.  If the PC was the only platform, game developers would need only half as many people to make games, and they'd all cost less.  And they'd be fully tested and mostly debugged.

hadlee73
hadlee73

And here comes the glut of unnecessary consoles. Too many of these things and the gaming industry will create so much confusion among consumers it may risk falling apart again like it did in the 80s. Who do we have now? Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Razer, Nvidia, Ouya, and now Google (and I'm sure I've missed one or two). With the possibility of something still coming from Valve.

TheLightElf
TheLightElf

Oh great.  A console that will spy on you and shove garbage ads down your throat every 15 min of gameplay.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Do we really need another console?

hitechno
hitechno

I don't want ads and commercials in my video game loading times. Youtube is bad enough already.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

So Google and Apple, the big players in mobile gaming market are trying to get into the console gaming market and some console gaming publishers are trying to get into the mobile gaming market. Both groups seem to believe the grass is greener on the other side. I find this hilarious.

monosfero
monosfero

OK google and apple cannot be so stupid and make a "mobile gaming console" or what ever,there must be something different from what we expect.Looking forward to see what google has to show 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

You know, if there's one thing we don't need right now, it's another Android console.

ali_yusuf7
ali_yusuf7

there arent even enough proper titles on the android market for serious gaming...i wonder who would want to play games on television knowing most of them are cheap time killers meant for portable handheld gaming... 

:-/

kryotech
kryotech

This is going to be interesting, Apple and Google launching game consoles. What people do not realize is that it is unlikely that Apple and Google launching game consoles means that the consoles will play mobile games. There must be something different about these consoles from the traditional consoles though...

telaros
telaros

Hehe, they see OUYA do well, and now want ALL the cake! lol


Funny.

I think I'll keep my android gaming on my phone though, kthx. If it doesn't give you the developer access to create what you want on the system, then yeah, not interested.

jark888
jark888

This is the most delightful gaming news of the year for me.

91210user
91210user

I wouldn't mind! So long as they're going against Apple, I'm fine with it!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Hope they all launch this November. Let the giants battle each other for our monies.

keyb0red
keyb0red

If they can get it to work with Google Glass I'm all in :)

hp2110
hp2110

thess will be the shittiest consoles ever. from what it sounds like from other reports they think people want to play mobile phone games on their tv. so its just going to be a little Apple app store gaming device. the reason people like the ouya is that they can play old games on it and some indie games. not because the can play jetpack joyride on it

Kracka2205
Kracka2205

There is no way in Hell that an ARM-based console would ever be able to compete with PS4 and Xbone.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

All i see is ignorance why all the hate??fucking idiots fear what youj dont know fucking ignorants


bfoy
bfoy

I just don't see Ouya lasting very long, but the concept of the android console may have legs. I'm interested in the Mad Catz console releasing later this year for playing emulated games, but if Android can get some smaller titles normally seen on Steam, PSN or XBLA, then Android could end up in a lot of people's living rooms. 

prostar343
prostar343

lol Things just got a whole lot more interesting.  Will be interesting to look back on this next console cycle and see who is left standing.

shnelle
shnelle

More competition, I like it.  

cheetah_TM
cheetah_TM

With Apple officially supporting controllers, it only makes sense for Android to do the same. Hopefully this will allow for great games to be on mobile devices, because tbh, touchscreen gaming sucks.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

I guess it was only matter of time Google does everything lol. But I'll reserve judgement until I see what they're going to do. I'm still wishing for the day games are played universal a more universal format and can be payed on any system, then the choice will just come down to which company has the best hardware, interface, or affordable prices.

senjutsu
senjutsu

All false rumors I'm pretty sure. It doesn't even make sense.

Talavaj
Talavaj

Android-powered wristwatch. What is that I don't even ... what.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

ok, so its google now.

apple is definitely entering the gaming world now with a hip console that has the same power has the WiiU and cost 900 for aesthetic shape 

MaskRisen
MaskRisen

I am actually happy about this. I had ideas of the Nexus having a gaming console version (Nexus Play?). I like the competition. I think the problem is people who play video games are loosing out because there are only 2 major competitors in the console market. Nintendo is trying to stay in the game but they keep catering to kids and just reusing IPs instead of doing something that grabs the attention of the market. If Apple and Google make really good consoles this can help with cost and hopefully drive competition leading to better games and hardware options. Being that the Ouya is a piece of week old horse dung, I would like to see a real Android console and not a over glorified tablet that requires a video output. I do believe that if apple does release a console, it's going to be 500+. I'm pretty sure Google will work in the 300-400 range.

arkhamcity54
arkhamcity54

Ouya > Google android powered games console

aovannor
aovannor

I reckon they are getting this all wrong. The popularity of android games is because they are so easily accessible on our mobiles and stuff.

People that buy a console to play second rate games that don't even compare to todays real gaming standards are missing out.

I can't see any of these android based consoles being successful.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I'm not particularly interested in this space to be honest, but any time Google says they're doing anything, it's worth your while to take notice.

fiendless7
fiendless7

yay more consoles with crappy games.

GermanBomber
GermanBomber

I'm very skeptical...with all the other (better) gaming consoles around I just don't see it doing so well... but as others already said, more competition is always good.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@hadlee73 Let's be honest, the only ones going after the mainstream are Sony, MS and possibly Nintendo.  All these other things are niche products.

jecomans
jecomans

@blaze_boy30 We need fusion products between real games and casual games. Call of Duty: Garden Warfare, or Farmville: Absolution, because deep down gamers want to play Angry Birds on their flat screen. With ads. 

Black_Pander
Black_Pander

@kryotech I guess that will open up a completely different type of market. you've got the big players like sony and microsoft, catering to the 'hardcore' market, but then this and ouya and whatever apple launches will probably end up aimed at a market that is more casual than ps4/xone but not the kind of games you find on mobile devices. 

jark888
jark888

@Chaos_Dante_456 I love the idea that I don't have to have 3 consoles in each gen to play all of the games I like. I dream to have 1 great console that's compatible with all hardware and software from all major companies. Now that Google stepped in I'm one step closer to that dream.

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@FULGOREY2K get ready for apple to sling the lawsuits about copyright infringement... we copyrighted rectangle with round edges...

vannacut
vannacut

@GermanBomber if android based mobile games get more demand and become the competition, we are fuked...