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  • Google video game system in development? May use youtube

    23 April 2011
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    A Google video game system? Could the Internet-giant be looking to get into the game business by leveraging it’s ownership of youtube?

    Well all signs are pointing to yes according to a new job posting on Youtube.

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  • Apparently, they are looking for a “Game Console Software Engineer” at their Youtube San Bruno, CA offices who would developer a next-generation Google videogame console!

    To quote:

    “The engineering team at YouTube (a Google company) serves billions of page views a day with a small group of clever, motivated and talented people. YouTube comprises more than 20% of the world’s http traffic and is the second most visited site in the world. We work together in small teams to design, develop, and roll out key features and products in very short time frames. Which means – something you write today could be seen by millions of viewers tomorrow.

    The role: Game Console Software Engineer, YouTube
    As part of our team you’ll be working as a Software Engineer developing the next generation game console. You will have an opportunity to try novel and unconventional ideas and launch frequent experiments to the YouTube user base. You will have a chance to get immediate feedback on user interface, human interaction design, and interest. You will be working with a variety of languages during the development process.”

    Here is the list of responsibilities for the position:

  • Build the next generation game-console-based TV experience with You Tube video content.
  • Deliver a compelling lean back experience with monetization and e-commerce offerings (ie, pay-per-stream, ads).
  • Integrate and optimize with distribution channels and devices including all major game platforms.
  • Develop leading edge User Interfaces and delight users with innovative media rich solutions.
  • And here is a list of requirements for the position:

  • BS in Computer Science preferred (Master’s a plus)
  • At least 3 years of professional video game programming experience.
  • Experience with engine development on at least one major platform.
  • Deep technical knowledge of Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and/or Nintendo Wii.
  • Skills: C++, Java, Javascript, HTML, Python, ActionScript, Systems, UI Design and Implementation.
  • Credited on at least 1 published video game in a programmer role.
  • Note: Applications are sent to YouTube via Google.
  • Very, VERY interesting. It is always impossible to imagine another console manufacturer in the business before it happens, and right now I cannot imagine a Google videogame system. But that’s what I said before Microsoft broke into the industry, and the rest is history. But would there be enough retail space for a FOURTH videogame system? Although maybe everything would be sold digitally, and in reality it’d compete against the likes of OnLive. Then again, if there is any company that could afford to get into the games business, Google would be it. Outside of them and Apple, there aren’t very many other companies that could successfully pull it off. And I think Google is one of the few. Thanks to our reader Reteesh for the tip!

    What do you think?

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    Josh Romero By Josh Romero: He is a lover of videogames, as well as metal music, Gilmore Girls, chatting, social networking, Phoenix Suns, reading, writing and many other nerdy things. Read his posts here and connect with him on Facebook and at Youtube.

    • http://magical-sword.blogspot.com Photographer_Leia

      eh … I can’t imagine as Google video game console right now either. This sounds more like a “stretch our market” then a “we care about the gamers” move. If you are trying to slide yourself into a market dominated by the big three then you’re going to have to set youself apart and attact gamers to you. The best way to do that right now would be to go about it CD Projekt style and convince your target audience that you genuinely care about them and share their passion. I don’t see Google being able to do that.

    • Skacorerecords

      I think Google could dominate a certain dynamic of the console genre. Apart from games, I am sure they would have some amazing video content and LIVE options that other consoles are still trying to catch up too. However, for the games side, Google does not have a following. The next gen cycle is nearing and this is what all eyes are going to be on in the next year or two. If Google is now just looking for a someone to work on their next gen console, I think that they might be a little too late to start creating their own noise in this industry. All gamers who have the choice between the new Xbox, PS, or Wii are going to stick with what they know. Google would have to really impress, besides with online interactions, to make them even close to a contender. In my opinion, the Google name alone does not impress me when it is trying to clash cultures. I’ll stick with my Xbox for now, and for a long time to come.

    • Ashutosh Tiwari

      Another consoles after onlive, hell, is it going to end somewhere? Do whatever you are best at..? Why google looking to make a console, instead they can enter gaming by making games for PC, PS3, DS, Wii and Xbox360. That is a better and smart move for google with their own online gaming service which will be free and secure, more reliable and with lots of options. That’s worthless google, market is tooo much flooded with hardwares, there is only one place where market can not be flooded and even if its flooded it will soon be empty i mean thirsty for something new and i think u r best at it google its online service and software making.

    • cagrant

      most people dont think google can make it in this industry, didn’t they say the same thing when they introduced the android os for smart phones? google’s game console will probably put ps3 and xbox 360 to shame. but time will tell.

    • Grinder

      If google did this, nintendo may be in a world of hurt. Google knows online better than Nintendo ever will, and with all the money they have google could just pay developers to make games for them. And of course the power will be astounding, so…maybe the next console evolution will drop Nintendo :’(

    • Anthony Gonzalez

      I want Google to get in the business so I won’t be jealous of Microsoft’s syncing game between your phone computer Xbox Xbox surface andthe new xbox tv using sky drive it almost makes me want to switch from android but it would be great if they would make a game system I think they can easily put Microsoft to shame Microsoft copied Google using the cloud to create a Windows ecosystem. Now Google should make its move by releasing the system a year later and just killing the other consoles with ui make the specs slightly worse and sell it for cheaper


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