Google is serious in joining the gaming industry.
Of course, this is just a patent, so it's entirely possible that the controller detailed here may never actually see the light of day.
You can play it with either a keyboard and a mouse, or an attached controller, but this patent is the first look we've been given at some potentially Google-branded devices that might accompany the cloud gaming service. The company's since run a trial of what it's calling Project Stream, and Yanko Design has discovered a patent published a little over a month ago detailing a controller that Google designed; it could give us some clues about what it has in store for gamers. The design is nothing out of the ordinary sporting dual analog sticks, four buttons and a d-pad along with two shoulder buttons and two triggers.
The first hint comes via a patent for the game controller, which shows a publication date of January 31, 2019. Where Google breaks away is in its microphone button, which seems to indicate it'll allow you to communicate with Google's smart assistant directly from the controller.
Google's leaked gaming controller looks super uncomfortable
Thurrott reported on the discovery of the patent application which is for a notification system between the contoller and its console counterpart. The game controller, in an implementation, may be utilized to activate one or more host devices (e.g., a television monitor, a tablet, a smartphone, etc.) if the user presses an action button on the controller or accepts the notification.
The mega-company has announced it is set to host a keynote presentation on March 19th at 10AM PT in San Francisco for the annual Game Developer's Conference - and the rumours are worth sitting up and listening for.
Well, according to a recent report from The Information, Google has recently stepped up its work on "a subscription-based game streaming service that could work either on Google's Chromecast or possibly a Google-made console".