Google's video game controller has (potentially) been revealed early in patent filings

Google's video game controller has (potentially) been revealed early in patent filings

The controller could also wirelessly interface with existing desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets to play Google Play or Project Stream games in-browser via Google Chrome.

Google is hard at work on a game streaming service called Project Stream, and we might just have caught our first look at some of the hardware for it - specifically a gaming controller in a newly published Google patent.

On the one hand, game controllers have more or less become standardized these days. The controller offers the traditional D-pad, thumb sticks, four primary buttons, and four trigger buttons. Most of the differences lie in their layout as well as the extra buttons they add on top.

The patent also details a notification system built into the controller, that could permit a "seamless activation of a game or other application on a host device from a game controller".

Google's video game controller has (potentially) been revealed early in patent filings

Google's controller will feature a dedicated microphone button in addition to a Google home button, indicating potential interaction with the company's voice assistant.

A talented industrial designer has come up with some renders of the Google game controller to give people a better idea of what could eventually be in a gamer's hand when utilizing Google's rumored game service. This is based on a new patent that revolves around a controller. It mostly talks about notifications being received on the controller, possibly conveyed via haptic feedback.

Google is making some of its gaming-related announcements on March 19, 2019, so we'll find out sooner rather than later whether this patent will end up as a true-to-life product or is simply for illustrative purposes. A lot of the language seems to be geared towards a client-server system that sounds a lot like a game streaming system.

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