Google is planning to expand its portfolio by foraying into the game streaming segment. The search engine giant is working on Yeti, a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on Google Chromecast or a Google-made console, which is still underdevelopment, according to a report from The Information.
As per the report, Yeti would put Google at the forefront of a new part of the video game business that lets people play games as they’re being streamed, rather than using downloads or disks. Yeti would be similar to Sony’s PlayStation Now and NVidia’s GeForce Now. Users would not have to download software to a hard drive but stream the game from a Google server instead.
Additionally, Google is developing a console of its own. It would be part of the Made by Google program, which currently includes the Google Home smart speaker, Google Pixel 2 smartphone, and Chromecast.
The project is being led by two Google hardware executives – Mario Queiroz, VP of product management, and Majd Bakar, VP of engineering. As per the report, gaming console and the streaming service has been in works for the past two years.