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Google’s Game Console: Could It Beat Out The PS4 and Next Xbox?

Yesterday an image came out on the internet showing off an unveiling by Google. The invitation has two major statements that scream video games: “Let’s Play Together” and “Join us as we reinvent the Playground”. It’s pretty easy to deduce that this means either one of three things: there’s a big update coming to Google Play concerning games, Google will be releasing their own home Android-based console, or the internet giant is readying a direct competitor to Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

While Android lovers would be happy with option number one and Ouya backers may shriek in pain at number two, I think everyone would agree that number three is obviously the more entertaining thought. Could Google penetrate the home console business? Could they actually bite into the market that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo already have their teeth deep into?

There’s obviously a lot of questions about what Google might show off on May 15th, but no one should doubt their ability to enter a market and take their own chunk. Google is already the king of the mobile market space, after they entered into an iDominate arena. Google wouldn’t hesitate in taking on Sony or Microsoft and to be quite honest, they have a good shot at emerging victorious.

 

Google’s Game Console: Features, Quality, Low Price

Google has a tendency to ensure that their products have their competitors beaten in the price aspect without sacrificing quality or features. Android was able to compete with Apple’s iPhone even though it was classified as the cheaper option of the two. Google Fiber is obliterating other ISP’s in costs and speeds. GMail is one of the best free e-mail options out there with free cloud storage. Google Drive is one of the best Officer alternatives with free cloud storage and sharing options.

Honestly, the list goes on but you get the idea. Google is the Walmart of hardware and software as its somehow able to offer things on the cheap without sacrifices. This could really help out Google’s game console, even if put up against a cheaper, subscription-based Next Xbox.

 

Google’s Game Console: An All-In-One Gaming And Entertainment Station

Google doesn’t do things in small doses. Their features and products are linked with other features and products and even incorporate outside features like Netflix, Hulu, and a ton of other options. Google’s game console wouldn’t just be a gaming system. While some gamers took an issue with the Xbox 360’s entertainment and app focus, you almost have to expect it with Google. Why focus on one aspect of entertainment when Google is ready to launch a full-on all-in-one box for your living room.

Not only would this thing have plenty of gaming and media capabilities, it would almost be guaranteed that Google’s game console would also play Android games and apps. Having access to 700,000+ apps including things like Google Voice, GMail, Yahoo!, IM clients, and much more. While cell phone apps would most likely have some resolution issues, there is a hefty amount of tablets apps that should work out fine. It would be pretty awesome if Google made a backdrop for cell phone apps to help with the resolution issue. Maybe a Nexus 4 backdrop on a table and you can zoom in and out?

 

Google’s Game Console: A Controller To Rule Them All

A video game console’s controller has to play to the system’s features and uniqueness. Google’s game console would have many features and things you could do on it. Why include Android apps with the possibility of e-mail clients when you can’t type with physical buttons?

To show two examples of what Google’s game console would need in a controller here are some pictures:

 

Sony's Google TV Controller - Combining good button placement with keyboard typing. Throw some shoulder buttons, a good d-pad, and add a bit more room for analog nubs and you're good to go.

Sony’s Google TV Controller – Combining good button placement with keyboard typing. Throw some shoulder buttons, a good d-pad, and add a bit more room for analog nubs and you’re good to go.

 

 

The Pandora Handheld - This emulator powerhouse has a perfect assortment of buttons to be a great console controller if you get rid of the screen and mold the shape too be more forgiving on the hand cramps.

The Pandora Handheld – This emulator powerhouse has a perfect assortment of buttons to be a great console controller if you get rid of the screen and mold the shape too be more forgiving on the hand cramps.

 

Google’s Game Console: So… Could They Do It?

Yes. Yes, they could. Publishers already work with Google for Android and with the success from that platform, there is no reason why they wouldn’t want to be on Google’s game console. When you combine high specs, tons of features, and an affordable and competitive price you have to bet that the consumers will bite into it. Google is a household name, just like Sony and Microsoft were at the start of their gaming journeys. People trust Google and use their services daily. They have the ability to enter the race and instantly cause some storms.

Should Sony and Microsoft be afraid? No. They have plenty of market space and loyalty from gamers that even if Google entered the race and took a chunk, the PS3 and Next Xbox will both be fine. However, Google would have a chance to become a force in the console gaming world with their first try.

I honestly doubt that Google’s May 15th reveal will be a home console geared towards things other than Android apps. I think it’s a possibility but it won’t be any time soon. We wouldn’t see Google’s game console at the same timeframe of the PS4 and Next Xbox, for instance.

Will Google ever make a game console? I think so. They’ve done some great things in many markets and even improved on many of them they’ve entered. Competing with Sony and Microsoft is nothing Google can’t handle. They can run and play and even win against the big boys.

Don’t count Google out of a potential game console run. I wouldn’t doubt them, either. They could easily move in with enough force to become a big gun on retail shelves. It’s just a matter of if they pull the trigger or not.

 

 



1 comments
NathanOttenson
NathanOttenson

They may be 'able' to do it, but they never would.  Google is not interested in selling you hardware, that is secondary.  Their main business model revolves around data collection to maximize their profits from ad revenues.  They have no interest in releasing a console that they would then have to provide support for for years and years into the future.  Are they interested in mining data from gamers?? absolutely but they could accomplish this far more easily by having their OS (android) available for game consoles (OUYA).  The reason they can provide rock bottom prices on their products without sacrificing quality is they have no interest of turning a profit on the product itself.  Once your using it you will be padding their wallets for years to come.