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Patent reveals possible first look at Google's gaming controller

11 March, 2019, 16:22 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Google's video game controller has (potentially) been revealed early in patent filings

Later this month, it is, along with Microsoft, expected to go into deeper details about Project Stream, its own brand of game streaming technology that it tested with Assassin's Creed Odyssey October past year. A new patent filed by the company shows off what is expected to be the controller for the company's upcoming gaming service.

On the one hand, game controllers have more or less become standardized these days.

First outlined in 2014, the gamepad mostly resembles others on the market, with analog sticks, a D-pad, and the usual outlay of buttons on the front and shoulders. Below it is a button with a microphone logo, which could be used for anything - from voice commands to calling up the Google Assistant.

Google's video game controller has (potentially) been revealed early in patent filings
Google's leaked gaming controller looks super uncomfortable

It features a rudimentary design of the controller in the patent, which lead to an unofficial mock-up concept that appeared online over the weekend.

But dig into the details, and you'll learn that Google has some interesting ideas - like building in support for the controller to audibly alert you about invitations to games and chats, and the ability to launch the game or app in question on a device near you. Given how mmost game controllers lean towards black colors, this Google controller will easily stand out. Unfortunately, even though the renders have been professionally crafted (and clearly based on the patent's drawings and text), reception for the controller has been pretty harsh, with many on Twitter comparing the hardware accessory with the ungainly controller that came with the failed Ouya console.

Thurrott reported on the discovery of the patent application which is for a notification system between the contoller and its console counterpart. 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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