Thursday, February 21st 2019

Google Keynote at GDC 2019 Hints Towards Dedicated Gaming Entry

Google sent out a fairly cryptic invite to the game developers and associated press this week in the form of a GIF (converted into relevant images below). It teases a keynote on March 19, 2019 and more information was made available shortly confirming this would be in the form of a keynote to be held at 10 am PST during GDC this year. The media giant promises to "reveal all", and also has developer-focused sessions throughout the course of the event. An early report from The Information suggests the keynote will have Google talk about their new game-streaming service, code-named Yeti. This is in line with our own expectations, after having participated in the fairly successful Project Stream beta test that concluded recently.

Kotaku went further to suggest that Yeti is a streaming service in conjunction with a hardware platform- a simple streaming box, if you will, to take on the dedicated game consoles of 2019 and beyond. Indeed, Google has been wanting to get into this highly lucrative market, with intentions to take over Twitch before Amazon pulled one over them. There remain many challenges in general to a game-streaming world, not least of which were detailed in our own editorial linked above. But, with the next generation consoles getting ready for development and Microsoft willing to explore a game-streaming future themselves, perhaps Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and others should pay very close attention to said Google keynote in less than a month's time.
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10 Comments on Google Keynote at GDC 2019 Hints Towards Dedicated Gaming Entry

#1
lynx29
they must be oblivious to the data caps we all have. lol most if not all major cities, population 400k or above everyone has a data cap.

my small town has no data cap... but i suspect thats because its a small town... so...
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sam_86314
lynx29 said:
they must be oblivious to the data caps we all have. lol most if not all major cities, population 400k or above everyone has a data cap.

my small town has no data cap... but i suspect thats because its a small town... so...
I live in a town of about 40k, and I have a 600GB monthly data cap. Until recently, my ISP would force you onto a plan with a higher cap if you exceeded it three times. Now they have overage charges of $10 per 100GB up to $50 and then unlimited from then on. If I paid $40 extra a month, I'd get unlimited.

Aside from the US having god-awful internet, I just don't find game streaming appealing. I'd rather run my games on my own hardware.
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#3
AsRock
TPU addict
sam_86314 said:
I live in a town of about 40k, and I have a 600GB monthly data cap. Until recently, my ISP would force you onto a plan with a higher cap if you exceeded it three times. Now they have overage charges of $10 per 100GB up to $50 and then unlimited from then on. If I paid $40 extra a month, I'd get unlimited.

Aside from the US having god-awful internet, I just don't find game streaming appealing. I'd rather run my games on my own hardware.
me too, and the last thing we need is a over grown advertising company(s) in our gaming.

Google can go to hell for what i care, they probably go to their safe space.
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#4
Minus Infinity
And how many years before the service is closed down. You can't trust Google at all, they just have thought bubbles and then lose interest
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#5
Khonjel
See, I don't get this high bandwidth but data cap or fup thing that many ISPs in developed countries love to employ.

I'm from a third world country paying for a 20 Mbps unlimited line but I don't need any more than that because of CDN caching. Steam, Origin, Epic Games Launcher, uPlay downloads, youtube videos, videos on facebook, instagram almost everything is cached and ready for me to consume at 100 mbps. And I pay less than $10 per month for that.
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#6
sam_86314
Khonjel said:
See, I don't get this high bandwidth but data cap or fup thing that many ISPs in developed countries love to employ.

I'm from a third world country paying for a 20 Mbps unlimited line but I don't need any more than that because of CDN caching. Steam, Origin, Epic Games Launcher, uPlay downloads, youtube videos, videos on facebook, instagram almost everything is cached and ready for me to consume at 100 mbps. And I pay less than $10 per month for that.
Oof, where I live, we pay over $60 a month for download speeds of "up to 200Mb/s" (which is more like 20Mb/s a lot of the time; I wish "up to" was illegal to use in advertising) and 600GB of bandwidth a month. I hear all sorts of stuff about people in parts of Europe getting unlimited gigabit speeds both ways for like $10 a month. Funny how the country that invented the internet has the worst access to it.
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#7
SetsunaFZero
sam_86314 said:
Oof, where I live, we pay over $60 a month for download speeds of "up to 200Mb/s" (which is more like 20Mb/s a lot of the time; I wish "up to" was illegal to use in advertising) and 600GB of bandwidth a month. I hear all sorts of stuff about people in parts of Europe getting unlimited gigabit speeds both ways for like $10 a month. Funny how the country that invented the internet has the worst access to it.
My friend in Germany has a 1Gbps plan for 70€/month from vodafone. Most of the time in the evening he get 2Mbps down and almost all streming services are insanely throttled by vodafone
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#8
Arjai
I pay $26 a month for 10 Mbps up and down, unlimited. I rarely see 10 but, I do occasionally surpass it, for a few seconds at a time.
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#9
R0H1T
sam_86314 said:
Oof, where I live, we pay over $60 a month for download speeds of "up to 200Mb/s" (which is more like 20Mb/s a lot of the time; I wish "up to" was illegal to use in advertising) and 600GB of bandwidth a month. I hear all sorts of stuff about people in parts of Europe getting unlimited gigabit speeds both ways for like $10 a month. Funny how the country that invented the internet has the worst access to it.
That sounds like quite an exaggeration, unlimited gigabit connection for 10$ is uneconomical anywhere in the world.
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#10
notb
No offense to all the people from US. You can't assume a service will be a failure worldwide just because you have crappy internet services.
In most developed and developing countries you can get unlimited data at 100-1000 Mbps for relatively small price. I pay $20 for 1Gbps down (40Mbps up).

As for the the bandwidth limitations: assuming it would be similar to video streaming (or even twice as much because of higher frame rate), it'll be nothing compared to what video streaming services already use today. Don't be afraid.
Truth be told: there aren't that many gamers in general (and just some of them will be willing to pay for high-end service, like 4K60fps).
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