Google gaming console controller images leak before GDC 2019

Images of a Google gaming console controller have leaked and are supporting by a patent. Please take a look.

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UPDATE: Images of the controller are a first look design mockup of the controller. The design and form factor of the controller is confirmed in the patent filed by Google.

Google is planning to unveil something in the gaming space at GDC 2019. Part of that surprise may have been leaked today, as images of a Google gaming console have appeared on the Internet. Please take a look.

This new foray into gaming is going to be pretty rough for Google, but not as rough as this controller's design looks.
This new foray into gaming is going to be pretty rough for Google, but not as rough as this controller's design looks.

The controller looks... not so great. It features a pretty massive directional pad and analog joysticks that are not offset. This may be okay for PlayStation players, but many gamers have become accustomed to the Xbox and Nintendo style of joystick placement. It also appears to have very fat and rectangular handles, which really seem like they would be uncomfortable in the hands of players.

To make matters even more confusing, Google has decided to skip giving the buttons icons, in lieu of making green, red, yellow, and blue buttons where the A, B, X, and Y buttons would reside on a normal Xbox or Nintendo controller. This button naming paradigm makes Sony's buttons seem downright understandable in comparison.

Here's a close-up look of the Google gaming console controller.
Here's a close-up look of the Google gaming console controller.

There are four other buttons on the face of the gaming controller that appear to aide in Android functions. The images are from Yanko Design  tweeted today are a mockup of what the controller will look like, but images in a patent filed in October of 2018 seem to confirm the presence of two shoulder buttons and the form factor of the device.

The image filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office confirms the controller will feature two shoulder buttons.
The image filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office confirms the controller will feature two shoulder buttons.

Google is set to have its first GDC keynote in a few weeks, so these images appear to be from that event's promotional materials. Early impressions of the controller are that it looks unwieldy and awkward. We will likely get hands on with this new Google gaming console controller at the show, so be sure to keep it locked on Shacknews for more updates. Only time will tell if whatever Google is about to announce will end up in the graveyard of forgotten projects like Orkut, Buzz, Wave, Reader, Google Plus, Google Video and iGoogle. 

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    March 9, 2019 4:45 PM

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      March 9, 2019 6:26 PM

      They'll cancel it in 18 months.

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      March 9, 2019 6:31 PM

      This (crappy) controller + a shitload of modern awesome games + project stream + affordable monthly charge = WINWINWIN

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      March 9, 2019 6:31 PM

      Hahaha lol

      Holy shit Google controller!

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        March 9, 2019 6:32 PM

        Damn shack browse.

        They'll change the layout of the controller every 6 months and then just when you have a big library of games, they'll cancel the service.

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      March 9, 2019 6:33 PM

      I actually like the look of it.

      I don't need it and have no faith that it would be supported but I think it looks cool.

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      March 9, 2019 6:44 PM

      They're just relabeling their chrome boxes.

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      March 9, 2019 6:44 PM

      "Guys let's copy the Ouya controller that'll work"

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        March 9, 2019 6:59 PM

        After which they'll copy discontinuing it after two years

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      March 9, 2019 7:09 PM

      Yeah that looks like what would happen if the GMail UI folks made a game controller.

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        March 9, 2019 7:17 PM

        It looks terrible but functional and close enough to xbox/ps4 design.
        Probably comes down to the price. Modern gamepads are expensive and This isnt going to compete with a pro or elite controller for the same audience.

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      March 9, 2019 7:13 PM

      PS-style thumbstick layout, do not want.

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        March 9, 2019 7:20 PM

        Depends on the game. For platformers,fightgames etc the location of the dpad is great.

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          March 9, 2019 7:31 PM

          Yeah but would you really want to play a fighting game on a streaming service?

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            March 9, 2019 7:46 PM

            I'm not in their audience. Folks play fps games,sidescrollers and more with touch input on their phones though plus there are already a bunch of streaming services that suck no matter what genre you play.

            I assume long term games will just take that lag into account and games will be built around it.

            A lot of modern "core" games have abysmal latency and people he don't seem to care. Gta4 on console had like 150+ms and even some streetfighter games came out with pretty bad input issues.

            Currently stuff like low tickrate in mp games and general latency in movement/action is a issue nobody seems to care about.

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        March 10, 2019 7:34 AM

        Yep, this is my biggest complaint. Also the analog nubs look super small?

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      March 9, 2019 7:35 PM

      Color-only buttons are a big accessibility problem, they should know better. Other than that, mostly it's fine but I don't like how boxy it is, it's just ugly.

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        March 9, 2019 7:54 PM

        Yuuuup, colour only designations for buttons makes it quite bad for folks with colour blindness.

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          March 9, 2019 11:17 PM

          Well it's hard for the color blind to find Google because they only see GO GLE

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        March 9, 2019 8:24 PM

        Well now we know where they took all the colour from in their apps!

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        March 9, 2019 8:28 PM

        omg the colors dont even matfch the xbox /steam controllers. why differentiate ?!

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      March 9, 2019 7:38 PM

      what is it with non-console hardware makers not being able to create a good controller. I know ms spent like a billion dollars on the xbox one controller, but still, the 3rd party controllers are always unergonomic

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        March 9, 2019 7:39 PM

        my bad 100 million not 1 billion lol

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          March 9, 2019 7:41 PM

          "Why is it that the only people who can make a good controller spend millions of dollars on it?"

          I think you just answered your own question

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      March 9, 2019 7:42 PM

      Looks terrible. As expected.

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      March 9, 2019 7:44 PM

      Why is this patented?

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      March 9, 2019 7:50 PM

      i thought Soulja Boy was told to not sell shit anymore?

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      March 9, 2019 9:00 PM

      That's an oddly-shaped soap bar.

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      March 10, 2019 9:38 AM

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      March 10, 2019 10:40 AM

      OUYA 2.0?

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      March 10, 2019 2:26 PM

      Gee, looks really comfortable to use. Great design, guys.

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