Google gaming controller and possible console revealed in new US patent filing

A mockup of the Google controller from designer
Sarang Sheth via Yanko Design.

A filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office confirms that Google is looking to enter the gaming space. The company filed a patent for a gaming controller in October 2018, according to the application.

That Google is interested in entering the gaming space with either a console or streaming service is one of the worst-kept secrets in Silicon Valley. The company recently completed a beta test for their Project Stream service, which allows gamers to stream graphically-intensive games through Chrome. However, this is the first firm evidence that the search giant is taking the prospect of a console seriously.

The patent details how the controller can be used to pair with a specific user account, eliminating the need for manually entering a username and password. It also mentions that the controller may allow for users to store personal preferences such as key bindings, volume level, and even display brightness.

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The patent does not specifically mention a Google console, but it indicates that the controller may be paired to a tablet, a smartphone, or a console. Hmmm… what console would it be pairing to, I wonder?

Here’s the controller sketch submitted to the Patent and Trademark Office:

It looks like a fairly standard controller with four face buttons, two analog sticks, a cross-shaped D-Pad, two right and left triggers, a microphone, and a Google button that presumably acts as a home button. The shape of the controller is a bit off-putting, though. Of course, the product isn’t even officially announced, so this is not a final design.

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