UPDATE: Google has dropped a brief teaser trailer to build hype ahead of its imminent next-gen console announcement.
Google's GDC 2019 teaser takes us through a whistle-stop tour of a number of lovely looking virtual environments, before ending on the '03.19.19' date on which Google will unveil its "vision for the future of gaming".
And, er, that doesn't tell us a whole lot, but there's a new challenger entering the console market and it happens to be produced by one of the biggest tech companies on the planet.
Keep your eyes peeled next week as it's sure to be an interesting time.
Original Story: 10-Mar-2019 - Google Games Console Controller Design Leaks, Full Reveal March 19th
The supposed controller design for Google’s upcoming console has allegedly leaked ahead of the official reveal at GDC 2019 on March 19th. The leak itself comes via a patent Google filed for a controller.
And, er, we’re left hoping it’s one those dodgy mock-ups rather than the real deal as the Google controller looks anything but ergonomic. Unless you’re Uncle Jack from It’s Always Sunny, with his giant fake hands, this Google console controller looks absolutely terrible on first impressions.
For the most part, the controller adopts a fairly standardised design that’s somewhat similar to Sony’s DualShock 4, complete with symmetrical analog sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons in a diamond layout, start, select, and Google and Chat shortcuts.
Google’s controller looks quite thin, and quite cheap, to be honest, with the grip handles looking very angular. There’s a definite similarity to the tons cheap controllers used for wireless Android gaming.
It’s the position of the sticks which look the most worrying tough. They look awkwardly close to the centre of the pad and could be quite a stretch to reach. That’s not ideal for longer play sessions.
But look, Google are the experts and, who knows, maybe this device is a whole lot more comfortable than it seems from first impressions. They’ve got the resources and the know-how to make something great, although this isn’t exactly a product screaming premium design.
Google’s gaming-focused keynote will take place at 4pm EST on March 19th, 2019, where we’re expecting to see no fewer than two new consoles. We're expecting a traditional console alongside a streaming-focused device that'll use the Project Stream technology which powered Assassin's Creed Odyssey's streaming version.