Google, the technological powerhouse behind Yeti, has its hands in almost every sector of the electronics market. Apparently, they haven’t kept their eyes (or ears) away from the highly lucrative console gaming market either. It wasn’t that long ago that we were talking with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot about the next generation of gaming. When asked what he thought the next generation of consoles would be like, he had quite the interesting answer. Guillemot said in an interview with Variety,
“I think we will see another generation, but there is a good chance that step-by-step we will see less and less hardware. . . . I think streaming will become more accessible . . . and make it not necessary to have big hardware at home. There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us.”
Is Yeti the Next Step in Game Console Evolution?
The CEO of one of the biggest video game production companies seems to think that we will all be focused more on streaming games than buying the hardware to play them directly. Funny, since that is exactly what the tech giant Google has in mind. The project, codenamed “Yeti,” is a service that would allow users to stream high-end games. They could then play them on almost any computer that’s available. There is also a strong rumor that there will be hardware associated with the project. Some sort of home console that would specialize in utilizing the Yeti software. It would also be in direct competition with the console powerhouses such as Sony and Microsoft.
As time goes on, we have seen a boost in the speed of available internet worldwide. As the availability of higher-speed connections such as gigabit become more accessible, the probability of a streaming service like Yeti existing becomes more believable. However, with the current available speeds and lack of inexpensive fast connections, I don’t necessarily think a video game streaming service like Yeti would make enough sales to survive. Maybe this will be just another project to go the way of Google Glass, to which only a select few would have access. Or will it be the highly-accessible future of gaming, like Guillemot suggested?
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