Images of a Google controller have been around the web this weekend, causing hilarity due to a rather strange design. This is why these images are very lacking in credibility.
It's a euphemism to say that the launch of the first game console Google is eagerly awaited and this weekend proves it again. Later in March, the firm is expected to unveil the commercial version of its cloud game streaming service, known until now as Project Stream.
If the console should be just a small box of access to Google's servers, the most important material element of this announcement will ultimately be the design of the controller designed by the brand.
A tweet made a lot of talk about him this weekend, claiming revealed the design of the controller, with a very dubious methodology.
A patent taken at the foot of the letter
As the author of the tweet suggests itself, the images that "reveal" the design of the controller are actually a 3D mockup made from a patent published by Google.
The image of the patent that served as the boss.
This is a true Google patent, which can be read directly from the US Patent Office's official website. However, this patent does not concern the appearance of the controller at all, but rather a system of "notifications on a game controller".
This patent describes how a controller can send notifications to the system, thanks to the various buttons offered. It mentions in particular how a user can "receive a notification inviting him to join the game XYZ" and how he can accept this invitation through the controller.
Why it's hard to believe
As you will have understood, apart from a small list of buttons, necessary to explain the notification system, this patent never describes the physical appearance of the controller. The diagram provided is only indicative to better understand the patent.
As a comparison, as Jason Schreier points out on Twitter, here is a patent filed by Nintendo for the Switch.
This schema does not really correspond to the final design of the console, although it describes how the console will work in mobility.
As we indicated in our dedicated file, a patent does not necessarily translate into a commercialized product, but simply an idea that the brand wishes to protect. They can give indications on the orientation of a product, but not definitive characteristics.
A problem of proportion
As mentioned above, the 3D mockup was made from a black and white sketch scheme. The creator who made the mockup does not seem to have thought about the scale of his image.
According to the mockup, Google's controller is huge.
Indeed, if we reduce the size of the action buttons to those of a controller Xbox One, we quickly realize the size of the much too imposing Google's controller.
In the details we can also note the use of the home button Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich who had retired for a long time.
The interesting elements of the patent
Nevertheless, the appearance of this mockup has brought to light an interesting Google patent.
This patent published in January mentions several ideas of Google. The company talks about including the controller with a user account, so that it allows him to identify with the service without typing passwords.
The notifications (death of a player, invitation, records) could be emitted by the joystick visually or by the audio, one thinks in particular of a LED of notification or an integrated loudspeaker.
The controller could wake up a device with which it is associated (a TV, a tablet, a smartphone, etc.) and connect directly to the game service. The user could choose which device to launch a game if the account is associated with several devices, for example with a tablet and the TV in the same room.
The patent also indicates much more generic elements such as compatibility with several systems (involving the "translation" of instructions) or possible compatibility with USB, Wi-Fi Direct or Bluetooth.