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Chromium code officially references Google's alleged game service 'Yeti'

The Google "Yeti" alleged game service gets referenced officially for the first time.

Published onSeptember 14, 2018

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  • For the first time, official Google representatives referenced Google “Yeti,” the alleged gaming service.
  • The reference appears in Chromium code and appears to refer to audio/video sync issues.
  • While Google “Yeti” is still a mystery, it looks like it is, at the very least, a real thing.

Back in February, we heard rumors about a supposed gaming service from Google, codenamed “Yeti.” Since that rumor broke, we haven’t heard much else about the Yeti project, which seems to be a game streaming service akin to PlayStation Now and NVIDIA GeForce Now.

However, the folks over at 9to5Google found a reference to Yeti in an interesting place: in Chromium code commits, specifically in a Chromecast-related section.

The code snippet is reposted below:

While the code and the messages there might seem confusing, it appears that what’s getting discussed here is the sync of audio and video elements connected to a Chromecast. Obviously, if the audio and video are not synced together it can be a real pain to watch media content — or play video games. Judging from this conversation here, it seems that the Yeti team has a preferred limit for how much audio and video can be out of sync before it becomes noticeable.

Google reportedly developing a game streaming service codenamed 'Yeti'

This may all seem kind of pointless, but this is notable for one simple reason: we now have verifiable, public proof that Google Yeti is a real thing. Of course, we still don’t know exactly what it is, when we’ll see a release, or any other important details about the mysterious service. But the service does exist!

If Google were to release a game streaming service that worked within Chromium (and thus, within the Google Chrome browser), it could cause a serious shake-up within the $105 billion gaming industry, an area where Google has remained notably absent.

What do you think? Let us know your Yeti theories in the comments.

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