Google's video game controller has (potentially) been revealed early in patent filings

Google is readying a controller that will pair with their upcoming gaming console

Google's video game controller has (potentially) been revealed early in patent filings

Highly anticipated: Google is expected to announce its gaming console at the Game Developers Conference on March 19th. This is based on a new patent that revolves around a controller.

The diagrams for the Google controller (which Thurrott noticed yesterday) aren't particularly special or surprising: they show the kind of wireless, two-handed, dual-thumbstick design with the standard array of face buttons, D-pad, and triggers we've become accustomed to over the last few console generations.

The company could release a low-priced set-top box similar to an Ouya that plugs into TVs and plays mobile games, select AA titles, and acts as a main conduit for the Project Stream cloud streaming subscription.

A talented industrial designer has come up with some renders of the Google game controller to give people a better idea of what could eventually be in a gamer's hand when utilizing Google's rumored game service.

It is not yet fully known whether Yeti will be a streaming service only, based on its successful Project Stream tests at the end of previous year, or if Google will also release a dedicated console unit.

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Google's controller will feature a dedicated microphone button in addition to a Google home button, indicating potential interaction with the company's voice assistant. The game controller itself has a built-in notification system that can notify a player of various game-related responses (i.e. chat notification, leaderboard changes, etc.).

These renders were made to match a US Patent and Trademark office submission by Google for a "Game Controller".

Taking it a step further, it looks like the controller will be compatible with a number of devices from TVs, to smartphones, to tablets.

We know it's coming and now we have a little bit more insight into how Google plans to move into the gaming space.

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