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Google reportedly working on a game system, smart watch, and new Nexus Q

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Google reportedly working on a game system, smart watch, and new Nexus Q
We had already known that Google was working on a smart watch, and the recent hire of Noah Falstein as the company's Chief Game Designer makes the idea that the company is working on a game system not so surprising, but bringing back the Nexus Q sounds pretty absurd to us. But, that's what The Wall Street Journal is reporting, that Google is working on all three products. 

The idea of a game console straight from Google sounds pretty amazing to us. We've been messing around with the OUYA (hands-on thoughts are coming), and if nothing else, we would love a game console that has the Google Play Store and all of the games that we've already purchased. According to sources for WSJ, Google is working on the smart watch and game console not to combat entries like the OUYA or NVIDIA Shield, but to jump in the market before Apple has a chance to. Apparently, Google expects the Apple TV to become a game console before too long (which seems incredibly logical to us, especially with the standardized controller add-ons coming to iPhone with iOS 7.)

The real surprise is the news that Google is working on a new version of the failed and buried Nexus Q. The idea of the Q had been to get other manufacturers excited about building similar home theater systems powered by Google, but that didn't happen because the device was too expensive, and never made an impression with consumers. Maybe if Google can lower the price and make a splash like it did with the Nexus 7, another Q would have a better chance. 

source: WSJ

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posted on 27 Jun 2013, 18:23 5

1. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

I have a feeling the Nexus Q might play into this new game idea they have... Perhaps like previous Nexus Q functionality, but with flexibility (not limited to only Google services maybe...?) as well as a new specialized gateway for digital games.

I think the Xbox One was trying something like this, only it sort of backfired. Trying to encourage a move to digital games (which would be like Steam) and important integration with servers.

Except Google already has many huge servers all over the world, so they're far ahead in that aspect. I don't doubt they can maybe market a Nexus Q as what Microsoft wanted Xbox One to be, and make Mr. Ballmer flip his desk.

What with even Apple rumored to take the games market more seriously, I'm sure with Google now entering the fray, Sony and Nintendo are flipping their desks over too... Well, that's IF Google really is working on hardware. Considering this year's I/O conference with achievements, leaderboards, and their multiplayer API etc. I think this rumor may just be real...

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:15

3. papss (unregistered)

I read that m$ just constructed a huge amount of servers for the Xbox one so I'm not sure that would have failed them. It's really a lesson for any company in the home console game to learn from. Console gamers don't want that type of set up... Yet. There were many good ideas and some not so good but what I love is that they are trying something to push the medium forward and protect the developers as well...

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:27 2

4. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

As much criticism as Microsoft gets, what they're doing is where everyone is headed and is inevitable. The vocal minority and it's opposition will be drowned out by the majority that already embraced digital music, movies, and now soon games will be the next step in the natural progression to an all-digital future.

It's worrying for everyone, including myself, but you can't stop the future. All you can do is crap your pants, put on your tin foil hat, or be excited for it. I try to be the optimistic.

Google's products are all cloud based, yet see immense success. I think the general public will warm up to it -- maybe it's a bit too early, but not too far off too. Steam already proved that with the right conditions, digital games are acceptable. I'm actually not sure why Microsoft got singled out on this -- probably because Xbox is a lot more visible than Steam and a lot of gamers still don't use PCs or steam for games. They're probably just nervous about the fundamental change on how games will work from now on.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 19:00 2

2. papss (unregistered)

Just ordered my N4 as a second phone, I'm extremely excited. Ill get rid of my l920 when the EOS comes out

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 21:16

5. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

its crazy i thought the PS4 would have went Android this time but it didnt :(

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 02:55 1

6. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Ok, there are plenty of Android game consoles and smart watches in the works, why don't they concentrate on Nexus devices and open more devices store in other countries instead?

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 07:45

7. lifebeyondearth (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

Because its bad ass ;)

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