Google Teases A Big Gaming Announcement For Next Week

"All will be revealed."

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The Game Developers Conference next month will host a keynote talk from the search giant Google, the company announced today. The invite says to "gather around" and promises "all will be revealed" at the keynote, which together suggests the company plans to make some form of announcement. [Update: Google has once again teased this news, publishing the video you see below. There are still no specifics on what to expect from the event, but the description states it will "unveil Google's vision for the future of gaming." All signs continue to point toward something involving the cloud--and if you're wondering what that means, check out our recent future delving into what cloud gaming is and what it means for the future.]

Just what this project could be remains a mystery for the time being. We know that Google partnered with Ubisoft last year to test Project Stream. The test allowed interested players to stream Assassin's Creed Odyssey straight through their Google Chrome browser.

Recently rumors have circulated regarding Google's so-called "Project Yeti," which is said to be its own take on the home console. It would focus on streaming, and may even have its own exclusive games, but the price and details are unknown. Google's own open Project Stream test confirms it has been looking into streaming gaming in some capacity, but the rest of the rumors regarding Yeti are unconfirmed.

If Google is planning to jump into video games with some form of streaming box, it likely won't be alone. Microsoft has already announced its own streaming plans, called Project xCloud, and will be debuting it sometime this year. That announcement boasted that it would run on any kind of device including mobile, which Google's initial Project Stream test could not. We've also heard reports of other competitors exploring the idea, including Verizon.

Whatever Google will be revealing, it will be detailed at its keynote. It will take place in the Moscone Center on March 19 at 10 AM PT. The Game Developers Conference kicks off March 18.

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ChrisChronos

Well not only am I not interested in another streaming service seeing as PS Now runs like crap on my 50mb stable internet connection but Google, the same company that treats it's content creators on youtube like trash these days and also forbids certain type of content from being monetized whether it be minor edgy humor or something that is considered mildly violent or sexual that doesn't appease advertisers. If that where to translate into a gaming service, it all just seems like a big nightmare, I see high censorship on it's platform.

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SkyHighGam3r

It all sounds 'neat' but it's still streaming. You still have latency, and unless you are on a wired connection the whole setup is going to be just terrible. To say nothing of the increased need for badnwidth and speed. Unless they present this as an OPTION, I don't see it working out well. Remember how pissed people were about just 'needing internet' for the X1 launch?

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Imajinn

Another something I won't be interested in.

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BarcaAzul

My bet is a new fire TV that plays mobile games and maybe a streaming service that I'm not interested in

I am concerned that streaming will eventually disrupti console gaming though. It seems to be the latest fashion

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Pyrosa

@barcaazul: Chromecast. But yeah, basically same concept.

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BarcaAzul

@Pyrosa:

Ooops, yes that too, with built in spying device like the nest.