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New Google patent shows game controller to interact with host device

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Monday, March 11, 2019 - 19:32 GMT
New Google patent shows game controller to interact with host device
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 19:32 GMT

A new patent filed by Google at the United States Patent and Trademark Office indicates the company is working on a game controller. The controller may be part of Google's game streaming endeavors.


The patent that was filed on January 31, 2019, shows a game controller with a directional pad, two joysticks, and four action buttons.

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In the middle a power button, a menu button and a select button is also available. A microphone button is available at the bottom of the controller between the two joysticks. Two shoulder triggers are located on the back of the device.

Along with a picture of the controller, the patent also shows network interface and client server schematics, including one that seems to depict cloud networking across various clients and servers on a remote platform.

The patent also includes various graphs describing how certain functionalities work. One of these graphs describes a "notification about a game/application not currently launched on the host device", further suggesting the controller is somehow part of Google's game streaming project.
A rendition of the controller that is included in the patent
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Raymond Bakker
Journalist and Software Developer at Moonlight Multimedia. He covers the latest video games news from indie to virtual reality and has been actively involved in the video games industry since the early 2000s.

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