Google developing subscription-based game streaming service called Yeti


Under this, users would be able to access a collection of games which would be run on a remote device and streamed over the internet.

Google has discussed Yeti with top-tier game developers, but it's unclear whether any of them will develop a game specifically for Yeti or only make existing streamed games available.

Looking past PS Now and GeForce Now, Google's Yeti would also compete with similar ventures such as GameFly, Liquid Sky and Parsec, though none of those companies have anywhere near the same resources. Is this the first step in the company's plan to release a Google branded gaming console?

According to media reports, Google is developing a subscription-based video game streaming service that will allow users to play video games online without the need for a dedicated gaming console.

The Asus Nexus Player (with controller, pictured) was the closest we've ever gotten to a Google gaming device.

Multi-billion dollar company Google has its hands in a lot of things, but can game services be one of the company's newest endeavors? Yeti is being developed by two Google hardware execs, Mario Queiroz, VP of product management, and Majd Bakar, VP of engineering, so it's likely there may be a console of some sort. One's mobile device could work out just as well too, but a controller could be much easier to use while playing.

Unconfirmed reports have suggested the technology company could be working on such a service in order to further penetrate the huge video-game market. Such a service, however, demands powerful servers from the provider, as everything needs to be streamed with as minimal lag as possible. In addition, Google recently hired Phil Harrison, a veteran of the video game industry with experience in leading both the PlayStation and Xbox systems.