Patent Reveals Potential Controller Design For Google Project Stream

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

Google has filed a patent detailing the notification functionality of its "Netflix for games" streaming service, along with a design for the platform's controller.

It's no secret that Google is looking to "disrupt" the gaming market - the company's Project Stream technical test ran for several months, and allowed participants to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey in a Chrome browser tab - no installation required. That said, there are two interesting buttons in the middle. Most of the differences lie in their layout as well as the extra buttons they add on top.

While there isn't anything remarkable with the design, it does show that Google Assistant, or at least voice communication, is built into the controller and it also features your standard two-thumb sticks, four buttons for the right thumb and a D-pad on the left side.

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

The first hint comes via a patent for the game controller, which shows a publication date of January 31, 2019.

There's a few ways this controller could fit into Google's new gaming plans, even if it doesn't fit well in your hands. 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. The notification system could also alert users to changes in player scores, a chat message, or an invitation.

The patent [PDF] indicates that the controller provides for a "seamless activation of a game of other application on a host device" and that a "game may be launched on the host device in a response to an activation signal that is dispatched from the game controller". 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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