As a part of the Project Steam, Google is expected to launch new gaming hardware and now there is evidence that Google is indeed working on a gaming controller that could feature with the project.
The search engine giant has been reported to be unveiling the final version of the gaming console that has been being developed under the code name ‘Project Yeti’. The new gaming machine from Google is said to feature a game streaming service that would be powered by Google’s Project Stream technology, which had been in testing until earlier this year.
A report by 9to5Google confirms the launch of the device and adds that the hardware that Google had planned for Yeti was reportedly similar to a Chromecast dongle. Now, seemingly, Google has evolved the device to a gaming console complete with a controller.
A patent filed by the search engine details a gaming controller for the game streaming service. The description for the controller suggests its use for activating or controlling a game on a supported host device.
According to a report by The Verge, the patent also describes the notification system for the controller that alerts the player when a game is available if the user has received an invitation, alerts on leaderboard movement or even a chat request from another player.
Additionally, the patent also includes a series of illustrations detailing the design of the controller. The controller features shoulder and trigger buttons, a directional D-pad, gameplay buttons and also a microphone button, indicating support for voice-enabled features.
Google is expected to announce more about Project Stream and its accompanying hardware at the upcoming Game Developers Conference which begins on 19 March.