Google has started sending out press invites to a gaming-related event due to take place on March 19th. This tallies up with rumours that have persisted over the last year that Google has been planning take on the might of PlayStation and Xbox. Nintendo, well, they march to the beat of their own drum and we’ve long ago learned they’re unpredictable and tenacious.
The barebones invite from Google tells invitees to “Gather around” at 10am on March 19th in Moscone South, San Francisco, where Google will be dropping a gaming-centric Google Keynote.
The last we heard of a Google console was all the way back in June of last year, where rumours swirled Google was planning to attempt a three-pronged attack with a streaming platform, a dedicated home console, and aggressively bringing onboard major game acquisitions. Gulp.
Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has suggested serious bucks have been invested into both streaming infrastructure and game development, all of which should hopefully come to pass during the reveal. Google’s got its work cut out if it wants to convince users that it’s not just another Android streaming box, so AAA, desirable games are surely seen as a must for the platform.
In terms of the hardware, we have doubts Google would even think about targeting a high-end expensive gaming device. The focus is surely going to be on streaming, another hurdle that Google is going to need its customers to overcome. There is the possibility of native gaming but Google historically isn’t interested in loss-leading or expensive hardware.
There’s exactly one month to go until Google’s gaming keynote, what do you think could be in store? Does Google have the potential to disrupt the gaming market, or will this end up an aborted attempt?