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Google Developing Controller For its Game Streaming Service

"Project Stream" is a video game streaming service in development at Google which was hosted on the company server for beta tests that ended earlier in February

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Google is developing a controller for its rumoured Chromecast-powered game streaming service according to a newly discovered patent filed by the company, the media reported.

“The patent itself is for a notification system for the controller that notifies a player when a game is now available, that a user has received an invitation, a status chance on a leaderboard, or a chat request from another player,” The Verge reported on Saturday.

The document contains multiple design illustrations showing a dual-joystick setup, as well as shoulder, trigger and gameplay buttons which could be part of Google’s game controller.

The illustration also includes what appears to be a microphone button, which could hint at some sort of voice assistant compatibility as well, the report said.

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company’s offices in Toronto. VOA

However, it is also a possibile that none of the shown designs become part of the actual product.

Later this month, during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) which is to be held in San Francisco, Google will be hosting a much-talked about mysterious event.

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“The event could revolve around Google’s rumoured streaming service, which in past reports has been called the ‘Netflix for games’ and is said to be built on the technology Google developed for its ‘Project Stream’ trial last year,” the report added.

“Project Stream” is a video game streaming service in development at Google which was hosted on the company server for beta tests that ended earlier in February. (IANS)

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120 New Games to be Added to Google Stadia in Year 2020

Google has also confirmed four games for 2020 they are Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077, Gods and Monsters, and Watch Dogs: Legion, while none of them have confirmed release dates for Stadia

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Google Stadia is right now available in 14 countries -- Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US -- with a monthly subscription of Stadia Pro costing $9.99 (Rs 690 approx) in the US. Wikimedia Commons

US based search engine giant Google has revealed that it will add more than 120 games to its its subscription-based game service ‘Stadia’ this year.

More than 10 games in the first half of this year alone that will only be available on Stadia when they launch.

“Looking at our upcoming lineup, we are tracking more than 120 games coming to Stadia in 2020, and are targeting more than ten games in the first half of this year alone that will be only available on Stadia when they launch. We are working with our partners to share more on those games soon,” the company said in a statement recently.

In the next three months, Google plans to release support for 4K web gaming, improved assistant functionality for web gaming, additional Android phone support and wireless web gameplay via the Stadia controller.

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By opening the newly launched Google Stadia app from the Play Store, user would see a screen promoting Destiny 2, which is expected to be one of the first games that will be offered to Stadia user. Pixabay

“Gamers can expect more features coming to Stadia in Q1 and beyond. A key benefit of our platform is that we can add these features without any updates or downloads, and we are starting to roll out the following over the next three months: support for 4k gaming on the Web, add further Assistant functionality when playing on the Web, support additional Android phones, wireless gameplay on the Web through the Stadia controller,” the company added.

The company recently released the last batch of games it promised for 2019, including Borderlands 3 and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 while Ghost Recon Breakpoint is coming soon.

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the first game to offer Google’s promised Stream Connect feature that lets players see their teammates’ screens so they can coordinate.

Google has also confirmed four games for 2020 they are Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077, Gods and Monsters, and Watch Dogs: Legion, while none of them have confirmed release dates for Stadia. (IANS)