Earlier this year, the word broke that Google is exploring a Chromecast powered streaming service, and a newly discovered patent shows what might be the controls that the service should rely on.
Later this month, Google hosts a mysterious event during the game development conference that may well turn around its rumored streaming service, which in previous reports has been similar to a “Netflix for games” and is said to be based on the technology that Google developed for its Project Stream study last year.
The patent is a messaging system for the controller who notifies a player when a game is available, that a user has received an invitation, a status chance on a leaderboard or a chat request from another player.
But the patent also comes with a series of illustrations that show how the controller can be designed, including a control with double joysticks, shafts and triggers and directional dampers and game buttons. The illustration also includes what appears to be a microphone button, which can also suggest some form of voice assist compatibility. Yankee design created a series of based images of the patent. But these illustrations may not be the end product – the detailed descriptions indicate which buttons could be included in such a unit, but are not included in the patent’s section of the patent.