Google is working on improving native Nintendo switch controller support in Chrome. Could this be an indication of future developments for Project Stream?
A recent commit on the Chromium Gerrit site discovered by Google suggests improving support for Nintendo Switch gamepads. First discovered by 9to5Google and Owen Williams would enhance support for Switch Pro controllers (which are currently supported on Linux) and support Joy-Con, either via Bluetooth or over USB connected charging grip controller. In itself, this seems to be a rather coincidental addition, but brings with it some interesting possibilities.
Google's support for Nintendo switch controller for Chrome … days before the launch of its game streaming service. That'll be fine. 1945 pic.twitter.com/MmgWdNmjov
– Owen Williams (@ow) March 14, 2019
It is expected that Google will reveal some playfulness at this year's Game Developers Conference – This fact is almost cried out with constant plagues and a recently discovered patent for a game controller. It's most likely something to do with Project Stream, the streaming service for in-browser games he unveiled last year. If you missed it, Project Stream is a service that lets you stream AAA games into your Chrome window. The company offered a study in the final months of 2018 that allowed players to play the then-new Assassin's Creed Odyssey in Chrome.
A few days ago we heard of a patent Google had registered for its own game controller, which of course speculated as to whether this controller was specifically for Project Stream. If this is an indication, it seems that the controllers are not putting all their eggs in their own basket. One of the benefits of a cloud streaming service like Project Stream is the convenience – and what could be more convenient than getting any game controller you have at hand and using it to play? It would be a trip with a Joy-Con to play Assassin's Creed or Red Dead Redemption 2 .
Of course, there is a less obvious but more exciting proposition: that Nintendo games may become part of the Project Stream library. Imagine playing Mario Kart or Smash Bros in your Chrome browser. As I said, unlikely – Nintendo is not exactly the guy who allows his games to be played everywhere. But a player can certainly dream.
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