Patent Reveals Google's Upcoming Gaming Controller

Isaac Cain
March 12, 2019

"Implementations are provided that permit a seamless activation of a game or the other application on a host device from a game controller".

Strangely, this then resulted in the games industry crying out "fake" at Twitter postings of the concept render. The company is believed to be preparing some sort of gaming-related service or hardware, which could consist of a browser-based game-streaming service or even a console.

It is not yet fully known whether Yeti will be a streaming service only, based on its successful Project Stream tests at the end of previous year, or if Google will also release a dedicated console unit. The design is nothing out of the ordinary sporting dual analog sticks, four buttons and a d-pad along with two shoulder buttons and two triggers. But dig into the details, and you'll learn that Google has some interesting ideas - like building in support for the controller to audibly alert you about invitations to games and chats, and the ability to launch the game or app in question on a device near you. The controller portion of this platform has apparently leaked, following a recently published patent, revealing what looks to be a gamepad that'll work across multiple devices and platforms. In addition to those functions, there is a Home button, a menu button, a Google button and a microphone button on the controller. It mostly talks about notifications being received on the controller, possibly conveyed via haptic feedback.

The patent mentions remotely firing up games on TVs and tablets, depending on what's available to use when you respond to a notification.

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

Although the controller alone doesn't reveal much about the console, it might act as one of the most important accessories that could act as a catalyst for Google's Project Stream.

Whatever it is, we'll find out for sure March 19.

We know it's coming and now we have a little bit more insight into how Google plans to move into the gaming space.

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