We have more news today regarding Google tossing everything into one basket. Yesterday Google consolidated all of their offerings such as the Android Market, Google Music, Video, and Books, placing them all under the new Google Play branding, and even launched the new Play Store for Android. Today we are hearing the global company plans to do the same for gaming across all of their major platforms. They’ll probably call it Google Play Games.
According to VentureBeat Punit Soni, group product manager for Google+ was speaking a a game developer conference in San Fransisco today and shed a few details on what we can expect to see from Google and Google+ down the road. He was quoted saying:
By next year, we will not be here talking about Google+ Games, Chrome Web Store games, Games for Native Client and Android games. We will be talking about Google games.
According to that statement Google is planning a similar unified experience for gaming across all of their devices. Whether that be Android phones and tablets, Chrome Books, Google+ games and more. Making games available on all platforms and possibly even multiplayer cross compatibility would be a big task, and feat. Not to mention developers would have a hay day with that.
Soni also talked about some of the existing platforms and features available today such as Google+ Hangouts. Obviously we have video chat on Android and things of that nature, but having Hangouts and video chat work the same across all Google devices and services would be awesome. Soni said they want to make live video chat with Hangouts a part of the gaming experience too.
If we add this type of gaming and mobile to Google+ and all of Google’s products things start to really shape up against competitors such as Facebook, and Apple. I can’t wait to hear more details.