Google's leaked gaming controller looks super uncomfortable

Google's leaked gaming controller looks super uncomfortable

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.

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.

On the one hand, game controllers have more or less become standardized these days. Below it is a button with a microphone logo, which could be used for anything - from voice commands to calling up the Google Assistant. There are also two shoulder buttons and two triggers as well.

Unsurprisingly, a few talented artists have given those patent diagrams a more polished form, taking cues from Google's own design language.

A controller for Google's new gaming platform has leaked ahead of its big GDC 2019 reveal, showing off a rather non-ergonomic peripheral that will cramp your hands.

Further, the patent suggests Google wants users to be able to receive notifications from cloud-based games on the controller, and then choose which of those potential devices to use to respond to those notifications.

The first hint comes via a patent for the game controller, which shows a publication date of January 31, 2019. It mostly talks about notifications being received on the controller, possibly conveyed via haptic feedback.

A device and method are disclosed for a game controller that provides notifications for a game invitation, a chat message, an indication that a user's high score has been beaten, or the like. 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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