Google Chrome Could Be Your Next Game Console
Along with announcing the company’s latest plans to own and be everything to all users as Mark talked about earlier today, we now have video of the presentation detailing Google’s plans for gaming on the app store and a little more information about the Unity Engine technology they’re banking on.
Google is working hand in hand with Unity to make the tool a key part of their strategy. LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 is a professional looking game in a fully 3D environment with modeled characters and physics. While the demo game was visually pretty simple, there is potential for a next-generation quality browser game. Unlike phones with limited memory and weak graphics chips, the Unity applications can leverage PC hardware to deliver better visual experiences.
Unity is already in use in other browser based games like the Cartoon Network Universe FusionFall MMO and Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online – a title that has replaced the PC version of the golf sim. The big advantage here is that Google Chrome is a fast and powerful web browser and Unity will be running natively so developers should be able to push the envelope a bit more.