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Google's patent shows what a controller for its game streaming service could look like

By Koh Wanzi - on 11 Mar 2019, 11:42am

Google's patent shows what a controller for its game streaming service could look like

Image Source: USPTO

Rumors are swirling that Google is working on a game streaming service, which if true, would likely be based on its Project Stream service. Project Stream is still in beta, but the idea is for you to be able to run any video game on any laptop or PC, even if they aren't super powerful gaming rigs. 

That said, if Google ever releases gaming hardware to go with its game streaming service, it could take the form of a controller. If a recently published Google patent application is anything to go by, this controller would be able to connect to the internet and would be independent of any host device. 

However, the patent itself is actually for a notification system for the controller. It could receive chat notifications and party invitations, while also launching apps on compatible devices. What's more, users could be notified when a new game is now available or when they have a shot on a leaderboard. 

The patent does suggest how the controller could be designed though, featuring a dual-joystick setup, shoulder and trigger buttons, and a directional pad and gameplay buttons. There's also what looks like a microphone button, which may suggest compatibility with something like Google Assistant. 

Of course, the patent is far from representative of a final product, and it may not even see the light of day. In the meantime, Google has a big gaming announcement planned for 19 March at the Game Developers Conference, so we may hear more about its plans for Project Stream. 

Source: USPTO