Fake it ‘til they make it.
Renders of the heavily rumoured Google Controller are just mock-ups based off of a patent filing.
It’s no secret that Google is working on something cloud gaming-related, and rumours abound that we’ll see a reveal for a ‘Netflix for Games’-type service at this year’s Game Developers Conference.
Perhaps as part of this, Google has filed a patent (via The Verge) for a system that notifies players when they get an invite or a game is ready to play through a controller.
As part of that patent, Google included sketches of what a controller that included the system could look like. Some then went on create renders of those sketches – and that’s where the confusion began.
The professional render, and Google branding on some images, has led many to believe this is an official tease, rather than a simple mock-up:
It’s not unusual for patent applications to contain “dummy” or simplified versions of equipment to help illustrate what a company is planning to do – a controller that gives players notifications doesn’t exactly make sense if you don’t draw the controller, essentially.
Last year we got a sneak peek at the power of Google’s Project Stream technology, with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey running entirely, and surprisingly well, straight out of Google Chrome.
If you’re interested in the battle to become the “Netflix of video games”, check out news on Amazon’s rumoured video game streaming service and the rather convincing rumours of a disc-drive-less Xbox announcement.