Last year, we first reported about Google’s upcoming subscription-based game streaming service codenamed “Yeti” that will work on Google Chromecast or a Google-made console. Today, Google has sent out invites to the press for an event at GDC 2019 next month. Google is expected to reveal its game streaming service officially at this press event. The event will be held on March 19, at 10 a.m. PT. The Yeti project has apparently been in development for some time and will make use of Google’s cloud servers to broadcast games to users over the internet.
Microsoft has been developing its own game streaming service in the name of Project xCloud. Project xCloud is currently in the development testing phase, but public tests will begin sometime in 2019. xCloud is powered by custom hardware to push the games from Microsoft’s servers to the consumer. The “custom blade” hosts parts of multiple Xbox One consoles that then run through Microsoft’s Azure cloud system to bring the games to you.
In the coming months, it will be interesting to see the competition between Microsoft and Google in the game streaming market.