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Google rumoured to be creating games console

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, software behemoth Google is planning to release a games console. The article claims that the console will be Android powered, and will act as a direct rival to Apple, who is allegedly making plans to launch a similar Apple TV device that will play games.

The report also suggests that, in addition to the console, Google is also working on a cutting-edge wristwatch, which will allow users to play media on the move. We already know that Google has a second version of the Android powered, Nexus-Q in development.

What does all this mean for us? Microsoft and Sony have both made it clear that their respective consoles are aiming to dominate the living room by being much more than just 'games players'. If this report is accurate, it looks like there will be a little more competition for space under your TV, although Google's console is unlikely to play true next-generation games--its Android architecture is currently built for tablet / phone style titles. Nintendo isn't safe either. A media-enabled wristwatch could provide competition for their handheld devices.

Even more intriguing, The Wall Street Journal piece suggests that one of Google's devices could be available as early as autumn 2013.

Both Google and Apple have declined to comment.

16 comments

  • Aquasol - June 30, 2013 3:47 a.m.

    Alright, it's the mid-90's all over again! The market's gonna be flooded with cheap hardware that either gets severely niche use, or crashes and burns.
  • pokepark7 - June 29, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    ugh there's just way to many consoles in the world that will die early :P
  • Rhaen - June 29, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    This is all flailing around hopelessly to find some kind of all-encompassing position in a digital distribution age. I think that it is all entirely pointless. The reality is that the way we consume entertainment now has changed drastically to even how we did 10 years ago. The advent of fast and now super-fast broadband has given us un-paralleled acces to on-demand content unlike anything before it. Prior to this your entertainment had to arrive on a physical media (cartridge, cd, dvd, blu-ray) or transmitted in pre-defined orders and schedules. Now, through youtube, netflix, lovefilm, tivo, etc. it is the consumer that decides what to watch and when. The only exclusions are live performances and news. The consoles are trying to hop onto this and present it as a new thing: it isn't, they're too late and with smartTVs, tivo boxes and every other cable-provider giving you a box as well, the market is already extant. Ah well, I already have the all-encompassing meda entertainment device anyway: the PC. Which has always been wildly ahead of any of these pretenders anyway. - Moddable, wildly differing gameplay, endless peripheral customisation, digital distribution, advanced graphics, self-published titles. always online (kind of). Consoles want to be PCs, clearly.
  • ultimatepunchrod - June 28, 2013 8:35 p.m.

    "The device will be android powered..." Stopped reading.
  • ParagonT - June 28, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    Knyak Knyak knyak knyak!
  • PatHan-bHai - June 28, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    What's next? Panasonic deciding to release another console?
  • PReNDeL21 - June 28, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    That would be a great idea. The 4DO ;)
  • Swedish_Chef - June 28, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    All these consoles are coming and going. And I'm just sitting here waiting for the Dreamcast 2.
  • obviouslyadouche - June 28, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    I like android, but google going to hav to make a pretty good console when I already have a pc, Wii U and am planning on picking up a ps4 at launch.
  • shawksta - June 28, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Hmm, in one side my curiosity has risen but on the other hand, too many outside consoles.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 28, 2013 6:19 a.m.

    Nvidia, Ouya, and now Google themselves are all coming out with gaming machines that run some type of android. This is beginning to seem more and more like the fragmentation of the OS on mobile Smartphones. Whatever Google wishes to achieve, I do not think they have the ability to go through with it. There is a clear reason why OS has widespread developer support and Android does not.
  • masterjoe123 - June 28, 2013 6:02 a.m.

    "Google are" "Nintendo aren't" This article seems like it was written in two minutes and wasn't proofread.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 28, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    And you are somehow perfect in judging grammatical senses — that is, even with your use of a contraction? Do not be so quick to judge other people, as it was probably just a common mistake.
  • CitizenWolfie - June 28, 2013 5:43 a.m.

    Personally I think that as long as these new "consoles" only play games from the mobile marketplaces then the Playstation, Xbox, (possibly) Nintendo and gaming PCs don't really have anything to worry about. The core gamers will want to play true next gen games and I would be surprised if Google or Apple are able to make a significant dent in the established user bases for the aforementioned consoles/PCs. The "Steam Box" might have some potential though if they can offer the same prices as the actual Steam store. If I could play full high-end HD games via Steam on my TV without having to spend hundreds on upgrading my laptop or PC then it'd really make me reconsider buying a next gen console. Even more so if it ends up being compatible with mods as well.
  • ParagonT - June 28, 2013 5:35 a.m.

    Probably will launch with the first party exclusive called; "Tax Evasion". Eh? Eh?..... I didn't think so.
  • Moondoggie1157 - June 28, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    Ha! Oh you old snake in the grass

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